Sea of Love Reviews
Pacino and his partner Detective Sherman (John Goodman), decide to set up a sting operation and put up their own ad in the paper. They begin dating several women, and try and finger the culprit. Along the way, Keller comes across the beautiful Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin). Keller begins courting her, despite the fact that she really could be the killer. His instant connection with her makes her believe she cannot be the killer, even though various signs and evidence throughout the movie point to her.
Sea of Love attempts to be a steamy dark crime thriller. The film gets somewhat lost in the romantic entanglement between Pacino and Keller, and gets to be a bit too distracting from the case. Keller and Pacino put up average performances to keep the film afloat. The film noir has more potential than is brought forth on screen. Sea of Love is an average crime drama that could have brought more to the table with some of the names attached.
This was Al Pacinoīs comeback after a 4 year hiatus and it rendered him so really good reviews while "Sea Of Love" is a suspense cop thriller that we've seen countless times before and I would say after "Sea Of Love". The Washington Post stated that if the film "were able to get it all, it would be a great movie. As it is, it's stirring and messy and hints at more than it is capable of delivering." Roger Ebert thought "the ending of "Sea of Love" cheats by bringing in a character from left field at the last moment. Part of the fun in a movie like this is guessing the identity of the killer, and part of the problem with "Sea of Love" is that the audience is not fairly treated. Technically, I suppose, the plot can be justified. But I felt cheated. I had good feelings for the characters and their relationships, but I walked out feeling the plot played fast and loose with the rules of whodunits." When seeing it today I personally donīt think thereīs major sparks between Pacino and Barkin. Thereīs chemistry and you believe their somewhat unbalanced relation, but I wouldnīt say thereīs sparks and the sex scenes arenīt that sexy. For being 1989 maybe, but not in 2015. I have never really liked Ellen Barkin that much, and despite her being praised for her performance in this movie, I think she did a better job in Walter Hillīs classic "Johnny Handsome". The plotline is quite standard and thereīs only suspense in certain scenes not throughout the whole movie which would be of course the ideal situation. And the plot holes are all over the place creating a less dynamic film. John Goodman is a good support and he creates a balance with Pacinoīs down and out alcoholic cop. The funny thing is that when you see it today, the minute Michael Rooker appears you know that he is involved in the killings. He is such a typecast bad guy it goes through the screen and I reckon we knew that already in 1989. Hence the revealing of the killer in the end is hardly a surprise. "Sea Of Love" is a said quite standard in my eyes and if it wouldnīt be for Pacinoīs participation it would drown amongst other films in the genre from that time period.
plus the case solving does pay off in the long run along with a killer of a finale
keep in mind that the content here is very adult for its caliber
Things get even saucier when murders continue in the exact same fashion. The killer, thought to be a woman, answers Lonely Heart ads and shoots her dates during intercourse. Assigned to the case is Detective Frank Keller (Al Pacino), suffering from a recent divorce and sometimes crippling alcoholism. The police department is dumbfounded. Eventually, and desperately, they decide the best way to nab the culprit is by placing Frank himself in an ad. After dinner, they swipe the fingerprints of the women. Most don't make an impression. But when Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin), a sexy single mother, shows up, complications arise. There is much evidence to suggest that she is, in fact, responsible for the crimes, and Frank, against all odds, finds himself seriously attracted to her. So the two embark on a twisted, dangerous affair, with Frank never completely sure if this woman will be the one who kills him.
"Sea of Love" is a convincing thriller, making use of its naturalistic dialogue instead of only focusing on its more erotic moments. And the film is superiorly erotic; it just doesn't dwell on it so much that it obscures the material. Pacino is effective as a man so much a hazard to himself that partaking in a possibly lethal affair doesn't seem all too surprising; Barkin is tough and likable as a woman who very well could be in possession of secrets that could spell death to her male counterparts.
"Sea of Love"'s issues don't arrive with Pacino and Barkin; they come with doubt, doubt so strong that the entire premise slowly but surely caves in on itself. Only for a little while does it seem possible that Helen is the killer. As it becomes clear that she isn't quite Catherine Tramell, that the film is too smart to announce her as the bad guy, the relentless menace dwindles until everything crashes into a highly unsatisfying ending. "Sea of Love" was most likely doomed from the start; of course Helen isn't the murderer, but the film spends so much time trying to trick us into thinking that she is that any conclusion that doesn't find her guilty won't be rewarding. But "Sea of Love", for the most part, is smart entertainment with a shaky basis. It's entertaining, all right, but it doesn't offer much that we haven't already seen.
killer whose victims answer dating ads in the newspaper. They go undercover, and Al meets the beautiful, very sexy Ellen Barkin. This movie is very touching in its perspective about the many lonely hearts in the world. It is also a suspenseful mystery with a plot twist, and much more than the dangerous love story movie of that era.
Al Pacino rebounds nicely after a string of flops in the mid 80's, going back to the gritty work that made him such a star in the previous decade. He's terrific, with only a few of his trademark oddball moments, and John Goodman provides just the right amount of comic relief as his partner. In reality, though, Ellen Barkin is the real star here, building on the attention she garnered with "The Big Easy" a few years earlier. It's a sultry, delightfully playful performance, and the fact that her star never rose any higher than it did at this point in her career is an absolute shame.
Becker is a talented director, creating a lot of genuine suspense utilizing the "is she or isn't she" technique that was also used a few years back in "Jagged Edge". The resolution comes out of left field but seems plausible enough given the few details about it that we're given to work with. Maybe the less we know the better off we are.
As an entertainment pure and simple, "Sea of Love" is quite successful. It's great fun watching these terrific actors work this script, so much so that the vaguely familiar story seems fresh and invigorating all over again. It's a true testament to what talent and experience can make up for.