Uh-uh.One bad thing came out of movies like Silence Of The Lambs and Se7en: they made serial killer movies chic. Kiss The Girls is extremely slick, though; vibrant and glossy where Se7en was dark and muddy, but still hollow. It's almost clinical and paint by the numbers, rather than suspenseful.
And therein lies the problem.
Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman, in a variation of his character from Se7en) goes on the manhunt for a serial killer (calling himself Casanova) who "collects" his victims and only kils them if they break his rules. Cross' niece is one of the victims, so he's determined to crack the case and bring her back safely. One victim (Ashley Judd) has escaped Casanova's hideaway, and joins the police in trying to bring him to justice.
Based on the (superior) James Patterson novel of the same name, Kiss The Girls does offer a bit of a twist, though: there are two serial killers, working on opposite coasts. They have a sort of grudging respect for each other, it's even sort of a competition. But the movie springs the surprise way too early, and by the end of the film, when one of the killer's identity is revealed, you just don't care. One character is so obvious (he's been typecast as the bad guy before, so when you see him you automatically know he's one) and the other killer, the "surprise," is so horribly miscast that it's almost laughable.
Freeman is good, as always. That's the reason this movie gets three stars instead of one or two. Even in such a film that doesn't really give him a chance to stretch his acting muscle the way he can (and the way we know he wants to), he's just great to watch. Ashley Judd is less so. I think she's been something of a one-note actress, with the possible exception of a quite good, little-seen movie called Normal Life (costarring Luke Perry!). She's pretty, but it's just not enough for this role.
In the end, this is just another killer-of-the-week movie, better than some but not nearly as good as the movies that inspired it.If you can't figure out whodunit in the first 45 minutes, there's no hope.