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"I want you to be David Caruso in Jade." - 40 Year Old Virgin
This movie is pretty underrated. Caruso and Chazz P are both excellent and Fiorentino plays a good floozy. Some solid car chases coupled with David Caruso Driving Face and you've got yourself an excellent 90 minutes on NetFlix.
Admittedly I overlooked this, but upon rewatch the real weaknesses I only see are the slightly confusing plot and the ending which just isn't that good.
Friedkin had to be doing this just for the money.....a thriller with no thrills.
Yes this film has faults...I cant deny that but I enjoy it for what it is. I do prefer the directors cut as feel the conclusion is better. I am a fan of Friedkin. The Exorcist, Sorceror and To Live and Die In La are 3 of my favourite films. The car chase is suspenseful and enjoyable. I like it more than Basic Instinct
My all time favourite . Linda Fiorentino, score and cinematography are excellent .
Decent thriller that could have been much better if the script would have been better fleshed out, Jade is one of those films which has good ideas and plenty of potential in being a good film, but it never becomes anything truly riveting or memorable. Jade could have been quite good if the film's script would have been better though out, and it's a shame that this is such a tiresome, lazy affair. The cast are fairly ridiculous in their roles and in turn, it doesn't do much to make this film really standout. Jade plays out like a low budget film and it has that feel to it as well. If you're looking for something good here, then you'll be disappointed as the film never becomes anything truly entertaining. Overall it is amusing, but it could have been much better as well, and leaves a lot to be desired in terms of good storytelling. The Exorcist director William Friedkin directs and he makes one of his least accessible works here. Jade is amusing at best for its camp value and to me it felt like a cheap wanabe Basic Instinct film, but it failed due to a lack of original ideas and good performances. If you enjoy low budget affairs, then Jade is worth seeing, but even then don't go into this one expecting a highly entertaining film, it's one of those films that tries to be something great, but never gets there due to too many script limitations. Jade is worth seeing only once and doesn't demand multiple viewing due to its sheer ridiculous acting and lack of immersive storytelling.
Directed by William Friedkin, produced by Robert Evans and written by Joe Eszterhas (alarm bell ringing), this erotic thriller was intended to get actor David Caruso away from success on TV in NYPD Blue and get him success in the cinema. Jade was a massive flop, not helped by a confused plot, (Eszterhas' screenplay was heavily rewritten by Friedkin), which has been seen done before by Eszterhas. It begins when San Francisco Assistant District Attorney David Corelli (Caruso) is called to a crime scene of a dead businessman. At the scene, they find photographs of Governor Lew Edwards (Richard Crenna) having sex with a prostitute called Patrice Jacinto (Angie Everhart). Despite Patrice being questioned, she's not the real suspect, that turns out to be Katrina Gavin (Linda Fiorentino), a clinical psychologist who was once in love with Corelli, but left him and married Corelli's best friend Matt Gavin (Chazz Palminteri). It was Katrina's fingerprints that were found on the murder weapon at the crime scene, but she denies murdering him. It should have been a good film, and it had potential to have been good, especially with a director as good as Friedkin on board, but poor casting choices let the film down. In an alternate universe, there's a version of this film that had Warren Beatty, Julia Roberts and Kenneth Branagh in it, that nearly happened here.
Excellent thrills and acting.
wow ummmmn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is an alright movie 2 watch....its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie......i think that david caruso, linda fiorentino, chazz palminteri, richard crenna, play good roles/parts throughout this movie......i think that the director of this drama/action/adventure/mystery/suspense movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie........its got a great car chase scene in this movie which is probably the best scene throughout this whole movie......i think that the fight scenes were pretty good throughout this movie.......i think that the gun shoot outs were pretty good throughout this movie.......this is nothing special 2 watch but its an alright movie 2 watch.......there is nothing special about this movie but its an enjoyable thriller movie 2 watch.......i think that david caruso was great throughout this movie.....i think that the special effects thorughout this movie were pretty good throughout this movie......i think that this is an enjoyable movie 2 watch.....sure it is nothing special 2 watch but its an alright movie 2 watch.....i think that the fight scenes throughout this movie were pretty good throughout this movie......i think that the car chase was probably the best scene throughout this whole movie......its nothing special but its an alright movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie......i think that this is an alright movie 2 watch but its an ok movie 2 watch......i think that the best scene was the car chase scenes throughout this movie.....its an alright movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie....it sure is nothing special 2 watch but its an alright movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie........
Jade (William Friedkin, 1995)
[originally posted 22Oct2000]
Good things about Jade:
1. Gratuitous use of Loreena McKennitt
Okay, I'll try to be fair. Things that SHOULD have been good about Jade:
1. William Friedkin. What the hell was he thinking?
2. David Caruso, if he hadn't been trying to sound exactly like Russell Crowe
3. Chazz Palminteri, if he hadn't been trying to be Joe Mantegna
4. Richard Crenna attempting to use the F-word in a serious conversation, had Friedkin been filming it for laughs
I mean, this guy directed The Exorcist! He's won Oscars! He's good at what he does! Honest! But the whole responsibility for this exceptionally boring film can't lie on the head of scriptwriter Joe Eszterhas-who really hasn't written a decent script in thirteen years now-alone. Some directors are capable of taking mediocre scripts and turning them into fantastic films. Hell, Friedkin did it earlier this year with Rules of Engagement, to an extent.
So what happened here? I don't know. Perhaps Friedkin was as bored with the movie as I was. An old, rather powerful man gets killed in a way that suggests a sexual killing. Over time, the lead investigator (Caruso) uncovers what looks like a very high-class prostitution ring. Hmmmm. Law and Order and NYPD Blue hadn't been doing that sort of thing on television for five years already. No, not at all. Aside from a little more nudity than you'll find on NYPD Blue (and to be fair, Linda Fiorentino is a lot easier to look at than Dennis Franz!) and a little more profanity than you'll find on any police drama, there's nothing here you won't find on prime time. Prime time usually has plot twists that work, though. (Half a star for Loreena McKennitt.)