Reviewed by Nathan Johnston
Rating: 6 Beans
ts unfortunate, but it seems that Hollywood seems obsessed with going with shock value rather than quality when it produces any new murder mystery movie. I imagine that Mr Hitchcock would be turning in his grave at the mystery movies being churned out today. Hollywood should go back to Hitchcock's era and look at some of his classics, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window and Vertigo all come to mind as the way a good mystery movie can be made. Alas, we a stuck with movie studio's trying to shock and disgust us rather than scare and psyche us out.
Nightwatch falls smack into this trend. It has no substance whatsoever and relies on its setting in a morge and the necrophiliac fetish (that's a person whose sexual inclination is not hetro or homo, but dead for those of you who didn't know) of the killer to keep it going. The result is a very poor and extremely disappointing movie. Any mystery movie fans out there are advised to stay away from this one as it is not a mystery movie. In fact you would really only need an IQ slightly higher than a wet sponge to figure our who is the killer.
That's all there really is to the movie.... a necrophiliac serial-killer. Characters aren't developed, suspense isn't built up, doubt isn't created. In fact the only area in which the movie scored points with me was the killers motive, which I didn't believe at all. Even the slightly gruesome twist in the finale was uniteresting and tired. Only the few scenes with Brad Dourif elevated the movie above total boredom.
Aside from my main problem with the movie, another area to be wary of is the screenplay. What would your reply be to the following question? "Have you ever been killed before?". Well..... I don't know what else I can say about that line, except that its the worst piece of dialog that I have ever heard in a movie in my entire life. Period. Once that certain line was uttered my dislike for the movie turned into utter contempt. The movie should have been banned from release just for that line.
Overall this movie really is a waste of time and I couldn't be bothered writing anymore about it. If you want to be really mean, tell somebody that you don't like to go see this movie as a nasty prank.
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