Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA/Germany/Canada, 2001. Paramount Pictures, David Brown Productions, Phase 1 Productions, Revelations Entertainment, Munich Film Partners & Company. Screenplay by Marc Moss, based on the novel by James Patterson. Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti. Produced by David Brown, Joe Wizan. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Production Design by Ida Random. Costume Design by Sanja Milkovic Hays. Film Editing by Neil Travis.
This follow-up to Kiss The Girls is a diverting thriller, but not in any way an intelligent one save for the classy performance by Morgan Freeman in the lead role. Continuing the character he played in the previous film, the plot concerns the kidnapping of a senator’s daughter and the search to find her before any harm comes to her. Freeman teams up with the Secret Service agent (Monica Potter) who was responsible for the little girl’s safety during her school hours and is now mortified at her failure to protect her. Clue decryption and car chases, the staples of this genre, are in full supply here, followed by some pretty fun plot twists that you might not necessarily see coming. Unfortunately, none of these overcome the overwhelmingly awkward screenplay and some glaring plot holes. Freeman’s character guesses some things a bit too easily without showing us how, giving the impression of a rushed screenwriter anxious to be economical with plotting. You could do a lot worse, but don’t expect anything extraordinary.