The Monkey's Mask (2001)
Average Rating: 5.2/10
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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
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A female detective discovers the dark side of the world of contemporary literature in this unusual thriller from Australia. Mickey (Abbie Cornish) is a brash young female poet who is gaining a potent reputation for her powerful verse about love and sex. When she suddenly disappears, private detective Jill Fitzpatrick (Susie Porter) is hired to help find her. Jill doesn't know much about poetry, so she starts her investigation by tracking down Mickey's teacher and mentor, Diana (Kelly McGillis),
Jul 27, 2001 Wide
Mar 15, 2002
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An uneasy mix of tired detective-movie clichés and low-key arty pretension.
Wary, conflicted, gutsy, and simpatico, [Lang'd] make a fine series character.
Emphasizes sex at the expense of mystery.
The sex scenes between the women do little to advance the story, but they blessedly distract both Jill and the viewer from the thin narrative.
Don't be fooled by the packaging: at the heart of it, it's a pedestrian detective thriller that doesn't have much going for it in terms of originality.
You Should Pay Nine Bucks to See This: If you hate poetry. It will make your prejudice seem justified.
The film, with lurid and kinky elements familiar to those who remember Dario Argento or Radley Metzger, provides slumming without guilt.
[The film] is about nudity and bad poetry -- really bad poetry. The nudity is in the context of a lesbian affair that's about as convincing as a Playboy photo shoot.
Looks slick on the surface, but underneath is a plot so tangled, frayed and silly it's about as suspenseful as the Keystone Cops.
...a brilliantly modern homage to everything that was great about the golden era of gritty gumshoe flicks.
Despite a lack of stamina storywise, The Monkey's Mask, director Samantha Lang's risky film noir, weaves a strange spell.
Think Basic Instinct with brains, and you've got it.
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