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2.95

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Blind Horizon
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by Matt Mulcahey

"At least amnesiac Val Kilmer can forget The Real McCoy."
2 stars

Blind Horizon begins with Val Kilmer awakening in a New Mexico hospital in a state of complete mental disarray, with no inkling as to who he is or what has just transpired. Itís similar to the state youíll find yourself in after suffering through this murky, convoluted amnesiac neo-noir.

A bullet to the head is responsible for the clean slate that is Kilmerís memory, his only pervading recollection an unsettling suspicion that someone is going to try to kill the President of the United States.

But since the secret service and the local cops (Sam Shephard and Noble Willingham) donít take the vague, paranoid rantings of an amnesiac suffering from a severe head wound all that seriously, Kilmer alone must unravel the mystery of who he is and why he ended up left for dead on the outskirts some god forsaken desert town.

Kilmerís anti-hero doesnít get much help in his search from Neve Campbell, who claims to be his fiancee but quite obviously is not.

He gets even less assistance from director Michael Haussman, a former commercial and music video helmer without the first clue how to construct a narrative.

Itís not that the labyrinthine plot is impossible to untangle, itís that none of the characters are giving the slightest motivation. In fact, many of them donít even seem to serve a purpose in the story at all.

Thereís a subplot involving the upcoming sheriff's election between Shephard and Willingham. Thereís dirt-digging local newspaper reporter Giancarlo Esposito and his investigation into illegal immigrant smuggling. Thereís sinister Faye Dunaway, a shadowy figure seen mostly in flashback.

You keep waiting for all these plot threads to converge, but it never happens because Blind Horizon is an assassination thriller with no motive and no sense of urgency.

Which is why it isnít too surprising that Kilmer ends up looking bloated and bored. In fact, his character spends more time getting hammered on tequila in local dives and trying to get into the pants of cute nurse Amy Smart than getting to the bottom of assassination plots.

Itís understandable. Iíd rather knock down tequila shooters with Amy Smart than try to make sense of this pointless fiasco too.

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originally posted: 03/28/04 17:55:51
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 SXSW Film Festival. For more in the 2004 South By Southwest Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

3/17/17 danR Some atmospheric rigamarole then it picks up focus nicely 3/4 thru for a good twisty finish 4 stars
7/25/05 Paulo In the middle of the movie you already know all the things that will happen :/ not the best 3 stars
5/23/05 Frank it's all good...how can you not like this movie? 5 stars
12/06/04 Jasmine Wright Good on cable tv 4 stars
4/16/04 Jordy Stylish, cool and fun-- lighten up 4 stars
3/26/04 Matthew "Too many fingers in the pie" - the story's uneven 2 stars
3/14/04 J Ellebracht Val Kilmer looks dirty, his attraction unlikely, but the plot is interesting 4 stars
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  29-Mar-2005 (R)
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