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Scenes of the Crime
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by Scott Weinberg

"Here's a watchable little treat for my fellow Jeff Bridges fans."
3 stars

There's only one thing more rare than seeing Jeff Bridges in a direct-to-video movie, and that's seeing Noah Wyle (yes, the nerdly ER doctor) in the role of a tough-talking and merciless assassin. You get both of those guys (and not a whole lot more) in the generally intriguing yet ultimately disposable "Scenes of the Crime".

Bridges plays gentleman mobster Jimmy Berg, a classy (yet no-nonsense) high-end criminal who, along with his oily partner Steven (Bob Gunton), enjoys a comfortable life of money-laundering and union-manipulating. Berg's smooth lifestyle is interrupted when he gets kidnapped by two inept hoods, one of whom ends up dead in short order.

So what we're left with is one extremely inexperienced young hooligan (with a pregnant wife left pining at home, natch) who has little choice but to hold Berg hostage in the back of his van. All sorts of colorful characters end up getting involved, from a kindhearted young couple who own the local convenience store, to Berg's quietly frothing hit-man, hell-bent on extricating his boss from a dicey situation.

Scenes of the Crime delivers a fascinating little premise (and a stocked roster of talented character actors), yet does very little to move beyond "fascinating little premise" into something legitimately satisfying. Jeff Bridges, as always, delivers a fantastic performance, and one that fans should absolutely make time to check out for themselves. Alas, very little that surrounds Mr. Bridges can match his off-kilter and cocksure performance.

Worth watching if only for the half-dozen familiar faces and a few scenes that ratchet up the intensity quite serviceably, Scenes of the Crime qualifies as a worthwhile "cable flick"....

...though after seeing it for myself I can plainly see why the movie never saw the inside of a multiplex.

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9/28/04 RockHound Started out OK, ending was terrible. 2 stars
8/11/04 Steve worth a look 4 stars
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