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Slow Burn (2007)



Critic Consensus: With wooden acting and hammy, overheated dialogue, Slow Burn isn't so much a noir as it is a mediocre parody of one.

Movie Info

A big city district attorney with designs on the mayor's office attempts to sort the truth from the lies when his once-promising deputy becomes tangled in a complex murder plot in the feature directorial debut of screenwriter-turned-director Wayne Beach (Murder at 1600, The Art of War). Ford Cole (Ray Liotta) may be the district attorney for the time being, but he's certain that even bigger things lie in store for him in the future. When beautiful assistant district attorney Nora Turner (Jolene Blalock) confesses to a murder that she claims was committed in self defense, Cole is quick to stand by his loyal deputy. The situation soon begins to spiral out of control, however, when mysterious stranger Luther Pinks (James Todd Smith) turns up at a local police station offering an entirely different take on the events described by Turner. As he clock starts ticking and Cole begins to suspect that more than his career is at stake if he fails to solve the mystery at hand, the involvement of a local record store clerk (Mekhi Phifer and a powerful gang lord gradually lead the puzzled district attorney to believe that he didn't know his once-trusted colleague nearly as well as he had previously thought.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Wayne Beach
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 24, 2007
Box Office: $1.2M
Lions Gate Films - Official Site


Ray Liotta
as Ford Cole
LL Cool J
as Luther Pinks
Jolene Blalock
as Nora Timmer
Mekhi Phifer
as Isaac Duparde
Taye Diggs
as Jeffrey Sykes
Bruce McGill
as Police Chief
Joe Grifasi
as Desk Officer
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Critic Reviews for Slow Burn

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (13)

Shelved for over a year, this incompetent mystery thriller stops periodically so some character or other can deliver an expository speech and pull the plot back on track, but by the end the story has turned into a hair ball.

Full Review… | December 3, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A strange, sprained, but sprightly fusion of The Usual Suspects and the Tragic Mulatto, Slow Burn wants badly to turn its standard neo-noir into a nuanced racial chiaroscuro.

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

If you have not figured out the identity of Luden by the finale, it will only be because you do not care.

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

The bigger problem is that for all the plot turns and reversals and flashes of action that Beach has structured into his film, there's an elusive extra something that's missing.

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

John Grisham meets The Usual Suspects by way of late-night Cinemax in this derivative thriller.

April 16, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Writer-director Wayne Beach figures if you liked Bryan Singer and Christopher McQuarrie's big climactic reversal, you'll love four of them in a row!

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Slow Burn


A pretty decent crime thriller with a strong cast. Not a lot of action but I thought it was a good story with some decent plot twists. In some elements it is like the usual suspects in the way the story unfolds with quite a few red herrings along the way. An enjoyable film that seemed to slip under the radar.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

A sizzeling, sexy and blistering crime thriller. Bursting with riveting and nail-biting twist and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. The suspense snaps and crackels like live wire. Intelligent and satisfying. Smart, stylish and very compelling. It gets better as it rips through the layers. An explosively well-written and hard-hitting drama. Gripping and heart-pounding entertainment. A great and exceptional all-star cast. Ray Liotta rips through the screen with yet another memerising performance. He never fails to give an awsome portrayel. James Todd Smith is gives a great and confident performance.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Slow Burn is a clever and stylized crime drama. The story follows district attorney Ford Cole as he investigates an assault on his assistant Nora Timmer, but the investigation takes a strange turn when an informant tells him that Timmer is working for a local crime lord. The cast includes Ray Liotta, Jolene Blalock, Mekhi Phifer, and LL Cool J; all of whom give good performances. Additionally, the story is well crafted, and is able to effectively build suspense and dramatic tension. Full of intrigue and mystery, Slow Burn is a provocative film that's quite compelling.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

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