Jennifer 8 Reviews
(1992) Jennifer 8
Andy Garcia stars as John, burnt out cop transferred from LA to a smaller city this time where the weather is always awful, snows on some days, rains on others. A dead body gets discovered on this garbage dump site and John's in charge of the case. While searching around, another body part has been found nearby while searching for a knife and this time it's a hand which doesn't appear to match to the body! It's later been suspected that the hand belonged to a blind female person named Jennifer and that she's the 8th victim- hence the title, leading this investigation to the institution for the blind. There, he falls in love with one of his witnesses, Helena played by Uma Thurman is when things start to become miserable again for John, with untypical obsticles happening, becoming more obsessed with this case, getting him more into trouble!
Another typical implausible serial killer film that stars Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman and Lance Hendrickson. The first half hour starts out great until it becomes one plot hole after the next which no other police district or police officer would neither help or assist him upon his investigation, including the witness herself. No fingerprints, DNA, tire tracks (in the snow or mud) or search warrants are ever presented, where John always have to take liberty breaking into other peoples homes to find information he needed. The only bright person was the Lance Hendrickson as Freddy which was short lived! Everything was planned out so perfectly for the serial killer who appears to be one step ahead of the police that the movie tends to drag, making it longer than it should be!
1.5 out of 4
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.