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Palmetto Movie Review

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Palmetto is not the most original film out there, nor is it the greatest to watch, but it isn't that big of a let down, either. Going into the movie, I didn't know what the hell it was about. All I knew was that Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue, and Gina Gershon were in it. Well, I was write on that account, but there was more to Palmetto than just a strange sex thriller, which the previews implied (it was a while ago, so maybe I'm mistaken).

Palmetto is similar to two other movies I've seen recently, A Simple Plan and Wild Things, and probably more closely related to Wild Things. All three fit into the scandal genre, where the characters try to get away with a large sum of money. In Palmetto, the beautiful wife of an aging millionaire hires Harry (Harrelson), a recently released convict, to be the voice of an alleged kidnapper that will never really exist. He accepts, wanting the $50,000 that he will get, and helps take the girl that is "kidnapped" to a hotel. But things get bad when the police hire Harry to be the press man for the case, so he is working on both sides.

Palmetto was a strange movie because, while involving a lot of money, the main character, Harry, is relatively innocent in all of it. He does involve himself to an extent, but when other things start happening and he realizes he is being set up, everything it out of his control. It allows the audience to feel a little more remorseful towards Harrelson.

Still, the movie is just not as good as some others similar to it and the ending is just plain bad. In fact, the ending seemed like something that Batman would get into during a comic book, only this was supposed to be the conclusion to a realistic movie.

Nevertheless, I liked Palmetto to a point, and it is worth watching once.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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