A slowly paced debut for a phycological thriller flick might be the reason not to watch this movie. Somewhat like a fine wine, highly praised by Roger Ebert back in the 90's, Mr.Joanou's film has slowly turned to vinegar with age. All the ingredients to make a delicious degustation are in place, with a fine cast, including a pre Pulp Fiction Uma Thurman, as well as a fine machiavelique performance by Kim Bassinger. The movie picks up mid-way, and finally does what thriller is supposed to, make you lean towards the screen.
At the time of Final Analysis's box office release, it was somewhat of a Armegeddon/Deep Impact double featurette, meaning that it had the same sort of scenario, and basis as another movie that came out at exactly the same time. That movie was the infamous Basic Instinct. Sharon Stone's and Kim Bassinger's characters are quite similar, yet the end outcomes of the films are totally different. Skip this film and go buy Basic Instict instead.
1. The murder weapon, and its originality
2. Uma Thurman's performace as well as Bassinger's
1. It's sappy, and far too dull at the beginning
2. The physcological evaluations of Rchard Gere and his
3. Cheesy locations including a lighthouse, as well as the
same court room seen in every 90's film
4. The non creditability of the escape from an insane
5. The over played, badly aged climax.