Twilight may have an all-star cast and an old-fashioned storyline, but this movie may be too old for its own good.
Aging stars Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, and James Garner all deliver worthy performances but only represent how outdated this story is. Newman is a retired cop/private eye who takes a package of Hackman's over to a woman's house (she is blackmailing Hackman), and instead he finds another retired policeman bleeding to death. This leads him on a journey that ends up in several murders and a cover-up.
The fact is that the movies like this today are much more entertaining and fast-paced than Twilight. The movie moves almost as slow as it takes for Newman to bend over. It is great seeing these four talented actors together, along with younger ones Reese Witherspoon and Liev Schreiber, but just because you have good acting means nothing when it comes to the movie itself.
Basically, the movie is just dull. It has neither a bad nor stirring plot, which means it is just boring. Newman goes around finding clue after clue, building up mystery, and then when it's all over, you ask yourself, "That's it?" The climax, when Newman realizes the whole truth, dies much quicker than it should. First off, the truth isn't that devastating, second there are no important clues to look back on to link the crime to the killer, and finally, the shoot-out can't even be considered action.
The best thing going for this movie is the nudity. Both Witherspoon and Sarandon bare it all, and don't look bad, either. But am I swayed by a movie just because of the nudity? Of course not. The nudity wasn't even important to the storyline.
Twilight is a boring movie that expired about thirty years ago when it should have been made.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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