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Under Suspicion (1992)
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by Scott Weinberg

"Familiar cable noir thriller made watchable by reliable old Liam Neeson."
3 stars

One of those cable-type flicks that somehow manages to transcend its medium (albeit in small doses) and end up more intriguing than you'd expect.

It's England in 1959 and Tony Aaron (Liam Neeson) is a former policeman-turned-scam artist. Along with his lovely wife, Tony stages all sorts of faux-adulteries for his clientele, thereby earning his wages through the magic of divorce. Tony's luck goes south as the movie begins with a well-earned shock, and then we're off to the comfortably familiar trappings of hard-boiled whodunitsville.

Writer/director Simon Moore (best known for his television writing on Traffik and maybe for his crafty little screenplay for Sam Raimi's The Quick and the Dead) clearly has an affection for old-fashioned noir material and it shows throughout Under Suspicion. Much of what you're watching may seem a little familiar, but it's a throwback-flick that's done with some panache and style.

Moore's efforts are obvoiusly bolstered by the contributions of Liam Neeson, an actor who seems capable of salvaging just about any script under the sun. Liam Neeson's made lesser movies than this entirely watchable through sheer force of screen presence; fortunately he's not asked to carry the whole load here.

If the pacing flags a bit as the plot twists pile up, one's willing to give the flick a break; a handful of unexpected surprises keep Under Suspicion moving along quite serviceably.

This might not be a movie you'll remember two weeks after enjoying it, but there's enough here to label it an above-average cable flick...and given how meager the alternatives generally are, that's not such a bad label to earn.

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3/09/17 danR Had to skim it again to see if the twist really added up; it did. Nice mystery/thriller. 4 stars
9/26/10 Richard A nice, tight script with some terrific actors equals a very enjoyable film. 4 stars
5/06/08 peter One of my favorites of all time. Not too sexy, though entertaining, and very suspenseful. 4 stars
5/22/05 Gloria Very Good 4 stars
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