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by Scott Weinberg

"Kidnapping. Murder. Double Cross. Yawn."
1 stars

You could fill a football stadium with the mindless direct-to-video fodder that claims to be 'in the vein of' "Fargo" or any other good movie. Most of these disposable dungpiles are produced solely to fill the dead air you'll generally find on Showtime or Cinemax, their screenplays cobbled together from quality efforts and their casts overstocked with truly poor acting performances.

Implicated covers this definition to a T. Its plot covers a silly kidnapping scheme that starts out as ill-conceived and promptly makes a left turn towards stupidity. And then stays there.

Tom, along with the willing assistance of his boss Carl and the unwitting cluelessness of his girlfriend Ann, has devised a plan in which he kidnaps Carl's daughter, only Carl's wife knows nothing about it, because Carl's wife's Dad is full of cash and that's where everyone's hoping to get paid from. Whew. Yep, that's pretty much the whole plot. What begins as a bad plan gradually becomes rather silly before stopping at Stupidsville to hang out for the final 45 minutes.

Look past a narrative cobbled together from a half-dozen good movies and you're still stuck with 90+ minutes of some of the worst acting imaginable. Amy Locane (Cry-Baby) has always been a fairly poor actress, but she earns some points for being equal parts cute and consistent.

Offensively poor is the non-performance from the gape-mouthed and clueless William McNamara (Texasville), and this is your lead character, folks. Eagle-eyed movie nuts may appreciate small appearances from folks like Priscilla Barnes (Mallrats) and Richard Tyson (Three O'Clock High), athough frankly I doubt it.

And what Fredric Forrest ("Falling Down") is doing in such a disposable piece of cable-TV fluff is beyond me, but he's wholly unable to salvage any facet of this tiresome and moronic affair.

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5/02/04 Jack Sommersby Ultra-lame ripoff of "After Dark, My Sweet". The talented, beautiful Locane merits better. 1 stars
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