One thing is for sure, after seeing this movie, you?ll never look at a pair of scissors the same way! It probably also served as the inspiration for anti-smoking commercials by the American Cancer Society.
Dead Again is Kenneth Branagh?s nod to film noir classics with murder, mystery and private detectives, and with a slightly supernatural twist. The film is notable because it?s a superb group of actos from the British stage having fun working together. It?s pretty humorous to see Branagh trying to hold an American accent, as well as Emma Thompson, but watching that old team work together made it almost believable anyway. There?s also a very interesting cameo by Robin Williams, and Wayne Knight (Newman!) in his first significant film role. The performances are what you?d expect from this group: They carry their characters well, and this helps engage the viewer, and the witty script keeps you interested on where this story is going.
The story itself is about the murder of a famous composers? wife, and his subsequent execution. You?d think the story would end there, but in a cleverly scripted set of twists, Branagh?s PI named Mike Church (appropriate) meets an amnesia victim with strange knowledge of the old murder. You might guess the ending long before it comes, but it?s a rather enjoyable journey to get there. It?s not a heavyweight film with a big aspirations, but it?s entertaining, and has a regular doses of ironic humor throughout.
If you like detective drama, you might like Dead Again. There?s no shootouts or memorable chases, as it?s more Agatha Christie than Bourne Supremacy, but it?s solid entertainment for an evening in with some popcorn, and someone you like.