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Judas Kiss
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by Dust For Eyes

"Good enough to be illegal"
4 stars

Can you have cool film that sizzles? If you can then, Judas Kiss is that film.

Crime is not cool. The dreadful tragedy to be a victim of crime - The dreadful circumstances of the perpetrator that leads to committing crime. It is all calamitous and very sad.

On the other hand crime in fiction - in film or books, say - is way cool.

The way that everyone is incredibly clever, charismatic, sexy and possessing the sharpest of razor wit. Itís great fun to watch - So much so that you want to be part of it. Take Out Of Sight - female tellers wouldnít mind being robbed if it was by George Clooney. Find me a heterosexual male who wouldnít want to ordered by Jennifer Lopez to stick it up - I mean stick Ďem up - no, I mean . . . I donít know what I mean. If only real life was like the crime genre.

To add to the attraction of crime on film comes Judas Kiss.

Crazy, Sexy and Cool Coco (Cugino) and Crazy, Sexy and Cool Junior (Baker - last seen in LA Confidential, but everybody in Australia still remembers him from the soap TV circuit) are lovers/partners in crime - as is usually the case in crime films. Bored with their small time misdemeanors, they decide to kidnap a software developer bigshot whoís worth billions to nab a $4M ransom.

They enlist freelance evil-criminal-mastermind-for-hire Crazy, Sexy and Cool, Lizard (Bellows - last seen dying on Ally (absurdist caricature or pathological misogyny?) McBeal and muscle man, not particularly sexy, not that cool, but most definitely CRAZY, Ruben (Schweiger) who tends to get nervous if he doesnít shoot something every once in a while.

The kidnapping goes awry when Coco shoots Patty Hornbeck (Penberthy - hasnít done much, but apparently was in Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh - thereís one to search out) who happened to be in the way during the kidnapping. Turns out Patty was a Senatorís wife.

Detective Friedman and FBIer Hawkins (totally incomprehensible casting of Rickman and Thompson) are assigned to the case. Friedman is reluctant to take it up, and his suspicions on his selection leads to him questioning other aspects of the case.

Judas Kiss is a sharp, alluring film and has the pulp crime fiction genre down to a T. It is lots of fun with its thrilling, clever plot and dialogue that ensnares the attention of the viewer. This film is every bit as good as any of the Elmore Leonard based films.

Like an Elmore Leonard story, this movie has wonderful characters. Bellows is nicely evil with that slight crazed look in the eye, Schweiger is disturbingly convincing as the seething Ruben and Cugino and Baker do an excellent job as the over the top lovers.

Your acceptance of this film might depend on your acceptance of Thompson and Rickman as the two police officers who pursue our anti-heroes. It was an odd choice to have them to say the least, but in the end, I did find myself believing their performances.

Gutierrez must be a fan of old crime films. The influence in his story and direction shows that there is a love of the genre. Itís a genre I like so if you do too then you should get something worthwhile out of this film. Gutierrez turns everything up to sizzle, surprise and delight the senses.

The title of the film tells you that this film is about betrayal - a common theme in pulp crime fiction. Thatís where the film may be a little weak. Itís a genre film and so there are some themes that have been used many a time before. Yet the film is such an enjoyable and satisfying one that I just donít mind.

It seems that this film did not get a cinema release in America and thatís a shame. Judas Kiss is a fun, punchy, delight of a film. A great way to watch how the real world of crime most definitely isnít.

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User Comments

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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