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Judas Kiss
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by Chris Parry

"Sex, action, guns, double-crosses, what's not to like?"
4 stars

It’s funny what a movie can do to your senses. Anyone who has sat through Do the Right Thing and Summer of Sam knows full well how Spike Lee can turn a cold day stinking hot through his deft use of the cinematic art, and first time write/director Sebastian Guttierez does likewise in this fun, sweaty thrill ride. Set in steamy New Orleans, Judas Kiss revolves around a team of scam artists brought together for a big score – they’re going to kidnap a computer millionaire and stick his company for the ransom. Sounds an easy enough score, would Microsoft hesitate to put down four mill to get Bill Gates back home safely? But when you’re in New Orleans, things have a way of gettin’ somewhat complex, and when our gang accidentally offs a senator’s wife, complex may be an understatement.

Let’s be sure of one thing here – steamy describes more than just the weather. Carla Cugino’s portrayal of a Louisiana sex-scammer is nothing short of zipper tightening, and if only for the brief few flashes of her shirt potatoes, and copious amounts of dripping sweat in darkened rooms, Judas Kiss is most certainly well worth renting.

On top of that, it’s a pretty damn good thriller! Seb Guttierez knows how to set he plate, and this cast of actors (Simon Baker, Gil Bellows, Til Schweiger, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson), know their way around said plate. Even if the accents begin to slip now and then - Rickman and Thompson as two local cops seems an odd choice, since they’re English, and aussie Baker and German Schweiger naturally have to work hard to make things work – the pace is fast and the scripting tight. All you need to know is that everyone is double-crossing everyone, everyone is untrustworthy, and somewhere along the line maybe one or two of them are simply in it for the love of the game. Who’s zooming who? That’s part of the fun – figuring it all out.

Til Schweiger’s character is particularly fun to watch, being as he’s as near to totally psychotic as anyone since Jason. He passes the time playing Russian Roulette with himself, and if he doesn’t shoot something in a while he begins to get nervous. If you can’t have fun watching that, you ain’t trying!
This is pulp detective stuff all the way, and there’s more than enough humor, action and sex to go around, but where the film might fail is in being a little too cliché, a little too twisted, and a little determined to be tough for audiences to figure out.

Guttierez has all but disappeared since this outing, and that's a shame - give the guy a Cinemax softcore special and parents across the country will be creaking the box-springs by midnight. You dig?

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7/23/04 paulo tenorio i liked the movie, i think the caracters were very defined. 4 stars
4/27/03 scot the only thing more cornball than the dialogue was the hybrid brit/cajun accents 1 stars
9/06/02 K-Ronik Fucking good time was had by all. Carla Cugino's jubblies! Yay! 4 stars
1/13/02 daniboy very fun movie 5 stars
10/14/01 easiersaid good stuff 4 stars
4/13/01 Tracey Sharp acting & an intriguing, well-paced storyline - 1 of those movies that surprises you 4 stars
8/24/00 Worth a look, if only for the odd casting of Thompson and Rickman. Young leads are great. 4 stars
8/23/00 Laine Jacob And, there we were...the two of us...alone in the cinema wathing this excellent pulp fictio 4 stars
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