Jennifer 8 (1992)
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as John Berlin
as Helena Robertson
as Freddy Ross
as Margie Ross
as John Taylor
as St. Anne
as Bobby Rose
as Myopic Janitor
as Male Reporter
as Bobby Rose
as Woman Reporter
as St. Anne's Assistant
as Lab Technician
as Airplane Pilot
Critic Reviews for Jennifer 8
A solid thriller, let down by the questionable decision to reveal the killer way too early.
Conrad Hall's distinguished cinematography, that captures the luminous beauty of Uma Thurman and her surroundings, can elevate this thriller only up to a point
Below average mystery. Slow and uninvolving. Thurman nude scene is body double.
Bruce Robinson's Hollywood debut is much better than generally thought
Audience Reviews for Jennifer 8
Jennifer 8 is a very uneven suspense drama, with elements of a strong serial killer thriller, but also a number of issues which undermine it. The cinematography is great, and succeeds in creating a very eerie unnerving feeling throughout the film. Some of the performances are pitch-perfect (John Malkovich), good (Andy Garcia), but also flat and unconvincing. This is largely due to a script that has some excellent dialogue exchanges, but also features a number of clunky lines and a confused sense of direction. The film is never as involving as it should be. Still, Jennifer 8 manages to keep things interesting enough with a compelling protagonist, and some really strong work (albeit belated) by John Malkovich. 3/5 Stars
"Sir, I think I've found something horrible!" Deliberate, rather well plotted detective curio that is long in development yet short on visceral thrills. I guess we don't see this kind of mystery in multiplexes anymore because of the proliferation of cop shows on TV that tell this kind of story. Some fine acting from Lance Henriksen and Andy Garcia who are strangely cast as brothers, with Garcia amusingly letting his natural Cuban accent slip out when his temper rises. John Malkovich is great in a small but crucial role as interrogator, and don't forget about blind girl Uma! I appreciated that the expected romance between cop & target was allowed to develop so that it made some sense and that the police department behaves in a very logical, methodical way. The killer's motive is not very convincing, but their identity at least is not merely chosen for shock value. A pretty good movie that mostly holds up through the end, I'll take it over any 3 episodes of C.S.I.
The trailer for this looked promising with a different angle on the serial killer genre, but I have to say, was bored through a lot of this film I think it was too heavily focussed on the relationship between the two main characters, rather than what could have been an amazing and scary plot
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