7A: Kiss the Girls


Yesterday, at night I saw this film.
It has one of my favourite actors, so it was almost mandatory to watch it. Oh and that actor is Morgan Freeman.

This film was inspired by a novel with the same title by James Patterson. If you are a fan of Morgan Freeman, you might as well remember the film Along Came a Spider of 2001, and he plays the same detective, Alex Cross, and the film is also adapted/inspired by a James Patterson novel.

The plot

Washington, D.C. detective and forensic psychologist Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) heads to Durham, North Carolina when his niece Naomi (Gina Ravera), a college student, is reported missing. He learns from the local police, including Nick Ruskin (Cary Elwes), that Naomi is the latest in a series of young women who have vanished. Soon after his arrival, one of the missing women is found dead, bound to a tree in a desolate forest, and shortly after that, intern Kate McTiernan (Ashley Judd) is kidnapped from her home.

When she awakens from a drugged state, Kate discovers that she is being held captive by a masked man calling himself Casanova, and she is one of several prisoners trapped in his lair. She manages to escape and is severely injured when she jumps from a cliff and into a river to escape from his clutches. After she recuperates, she joins forces with Cross to track down her sadomasochist captor, who Cross concludes is a collector, not a killer, unless his victims fail to follow his rules. This means there is time to rescue the other imprisoned women, just as long as they remain subservient.

Clues lead them to Los Angeles, where a series of gruesome kidnappings and murders have been credited to a man known as the Gentleman Caller. Cross deduces he is working in collusion with rather than imitating his East Coast counterpart, but his efforts to capture and question him are foiled and the man escapes. Upon returning to North Carolina, he eventually discovers the underground hideaway used by, as well as the true identity of, the man who calls himself Casanova.

My Review

This is a 90's thriller,  and oh boy you can see it that its from the 90's. The colours, the characterization of the characters, almost everything.
It's a very well presented and constructed thriller. I which I knew the novel, so I could compare to the film, but I don't.
It has the right dose of darkness and shadows in the pictures. I think that are these kind of details that make difference.
The killer is slightly unexpected, until it's discovered. (of course).
Overall it's worthy to watch, although to me it's more a afternoon film, than an night film. 
Morgan Freeman is always a good detective, my favourite role of him is in the film Se7en with Brad Pitt. It's an amazing film. I have to talk about soon... A fair excuse to re-watch it again.


Original theatrical trailer for the 1997 film "Kiss The Girls." Starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Brian Cox. Directed by Gary Fleder. Adapted from the novel by James Patterson.

Kiss the Girls (film) Wikipedia
Kiss the Girls (1997) IMDb

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