Kiss the Girls Movie Review
James Patterson's book comes to life under an astounding performance by the venerable Morgan Freeman, and Ashley Judd gets her first real shot at the spotlight as the heroine/victim who shows that women can definitely fight back.
Kiss the Girls is a roller coaster of action and suspense, twists and turns, and detective work. The movie is clever to the bone, and believable the whole way through; it also introduces us to Casanova, one of the creepiest on-screen serial killers of all time. He might not be Buffalo Bill, but there is just something about him that makes us want to look over our shoulders as we walk down the street.
The movie does a good job of doing things at the right time. It can be creepy, it can be suspenseful, and it can be action packed, depending on the scene and circumstance. From beginning to end there isn't more than a few minutes where you can catch your breath. Furthermore, there are a few times when you think the movie is going to come to an end, but another twist comes at you, and you aren't disappointed in the least (compared to some movies where yet another turn in the storyline means another ten agonizing minutes).
Morgan Freeman, like in most his films, is excellent as Dr. Alex Cross (of course, he also is in Along Came the Spider as the same character). He's smart, sophisticated, and a good detective. Ashley Judd makes her mark in Kiss the Girls as the defiant victim who escapes Casanova's lair and helps lead Cross to him. I think this movie more than any other shows Judd's acting ability, and women across the country should be happy that there is at least one serial killer movie where the female victim is probably stronger than the killer stalking her.
Of all the serial killer movies out there, Kiss the Girls is right up there with the best. It might not be Silence of the Lambs, but no one is going to hold that against it.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.