Director: Gary Lennon
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Angus MacFadyen, Stephen
Dorff, Aisha Tyler
RunTime: 1 hr 38 mins
Released By: Shaw
Rating: R21 (Coarse Language)
Opening Day: 1 Feb 2007
is a small-time crook and a drug dealer who beats his girlfriend.
To get revenge she seduces his friends into framing him for
The synopsis above sounds like the movie's a cross between
To Die For and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. Be warned though
that it's actually miles away in quality of either movies,
in the southern direction.
Juvovich's last cinematic outing in Ultraviolet was a disaster.
Superb effects, cool gadgets, and even the beautifully athletic
Milla herself can't save the movie from its ridiculous action
sequences (yes it's science-fiction, but you have to see it
to believe), and from an even more ridiculous, flimsy plot.
Tackling a more mature theme this time round, in streets of
crime in Hell's Kitchen, you would've expected that Milla
could shine given a more familiar theme and setting.
and directed by first timer Gary Lennon, this is however one
confused movie which couldn't decide just what it wanted to
be. Does it pass off to be a crime thriller? No. A whodunnit?
No. Something sexy? No. Or how about a movie with a stark
message on battery? Not quite.
all against abuse, sexual or otherwise, and violence against
women, but the movie didn't seem to want to add focus to this
theme, providing only a cursory look into the issue, probably
just to allow Milla's pretty face to be made up into a swollen
mess. And it takes the last 20 minutes before picking up the
pace and mixing everything into the brew for the very
hasty finale, having the cast going pretty much
against character without providing ample
justification for sudden shifts in attitude. It might
be intriguingly sexy in the beginning, but the
lacklustre dialogue and the dwelling on some
uninteresting scenes made the pace very trying, and
loses steam midway through the story.
language is something that needs getting used to,
especially if you're not a fan of gritty crime dramas,
or Tarantino. Every sentence arguably is peppered by a
string of colourful expletives, and the occasional
pillow talk, but rather than bringing out perhaps the
uncouthness of the characters, it came across as
rather lazy, having the characters spew curse words
for the sake of doing so.
the story of two small time crooks, Kat
(Juvovich) and Big Al (Angus Macfadyen, last seen in
SawIII, who put on quite a bit of weight here), I
thought if it concentrated on the potential of its
abuse plot, it might turn out well, given Juvovich's
performance as a tough woman with a weak will to leave
her man when things aren't going right. It'll allow
for an exploration into reasons why sometimes it's
difficult for a woman to leave her man, though in this
movie, she's beholden to his erm, member, living in
the illusion that she's in love. And you wonder why
some hot chicks end up in unhappy relationships with
guys like Al.
the supporting cast of Stephen Dorff, Aisha Tyler
and Sarah Strange playing friends of Kat, it could
have been a tight knitted drama. But alas it opted for
the rushed swings in character motivation which made
little sense, in order to wrap up the movie the way it
(Yet another disaster for Milla Juvovich, .45 is strictly
for her fans)
Review by Stefan Shih