Rated R - Running time: 2:00 - Released 10/3/97

Author's Note: This is one of the ten movie reviews I wrote for the October 30, 1997 issue of The Republican, the first week my reviews were ever published there. Because of space and time requirements, these ten reviews had to be especially brief, some even shorter than this Author's Note. Someday I will re-view them and re-review them so as to provide a more in-depth commentary, but for now you'll just have to live with the short version. Sorry. --JRM
Well, folks, sheep-cloning is continuing at full tilt. This taut psychological drama wants to be Silence of the Lambs, but unfortunately, no Anthony Hopkins. It is quite tense at times, though, and contains an adequate performance by Ashley Judd as a young woman abducted by a psycho and kept as a sex slave in his underground dungeon in the woods of North Carolina. Morgan Freeman is a detective whose niece is another of the numerous victims, and when Judd escapes, she helps Freeman solve the case. Freeman delivers an impeccable performance as the"wise old man" — you know, the same one he does in all his films — and Cary Elwes is also good as the detective, though his N.C. accent stinks. One thing that seems unnecessary are the ridiculously overdramatic sound effects (you hear a loud, sinister thud every time someone blinks), but generally a good, sweaty thriller about man's darker side. ****
Copyright 1997 by John R. McEwen and The Republican

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