|Universal Pictures | Release Date: November 5, 1999||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Both leads perform admirably.
Weaknesses are confirmed in the movie's laughable climax.
Entertaining but terminally dopey.
This is neither a psychological thriller nor an erotic one, so any interest in the story is purely the work of its stars.
The ending stinks.
Two gifted co-stars, Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, and the highly imaginative thriller specialist Phillip Noyce lend some luster and credibility to another borderline-absurd scenario.
The plot and characters are simultaneously far-fetched and cliched, the dialogue has that jocular, slightly slower than sitcom ring, and the ending is a righteously cheesy letdown.
The movie's atmosphere is moody and intense, bubbling like a caldron. Unfortunately, the broth turns out to be stone soup.
Abandon all hope of logic, you who enter here.
One of our very few consummate movie star actors, Washington can't quite elevate this dismal material as he's been able to do in the past, but he retains his dignity.
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