"The X-Files" star David Duchovny has a little less redeemable role in Playing God, a so-called action thriller that has more swearing than gun fights or car chases. Co-starring are Timothy Hutton, the bad guy, and the beautiful Angelina Jolie (I used that same adjective towards her in my review of The Bone Collector).
Duchovny is an ex-doctor who is forced to use his medical skills when he falls in to good graces with a mobster, played by Hutton. The mobster has a girlfriend (guess who) who takes a liking to Duchovny. Of course, Duchovny realizes he has gotten in over his head and tries to get out, but Hutton doesn't want that.
First off, Duchovny's character is not very likeable. He wants to be a doctor and save people's lives again, but he's also a drug addict and a little bit of a sleezeball. Second, Hutton's character is crazier than it should be - it should be suave and smart.
On the back of the box, it says something about this movie being "the best action movie of the year." It might have been... if it had action. Duchovny holds a gun once the entire time, and as far as I recall, never fires it. There's a weak car chase scene, but that's about it. Furthermore, he doesn't consummate his relationship with, or even kiss, Angelina Jolie, even though the action hero is supposed to get the girl. And thirdly, the FBI must be cringing at the portrayals of their agents.
Duchovny works better as an FBI Agent than anything else; next time, he should try to get in to something a little stronger.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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