Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Long Kiss Goodnight

This movie definitely was not like any of the other films we have watched so far. Overall, I found it to have a bit of a confusing plot, and it was very unrealistic at times. The action scenes seemed very far-fetched and unbelievable. Having a lead female role put a different perspective on the film in comparison to all the other films we have seen with two male cops. The lead role is Charly, a woman who is searching to re-discover her past life after struggling with amnesia. Charly starts off as a married woman, a teacher, and she has an eight-year-old daughter. She discovers that in her past life she had a completely different identity, she was a secret-agent. Charly makes the drastic change and goes back to her former identity. During this, Charly has to learn to balance her past life and her life as an agent. Her partner and detective, Mitch, serves as her stabilizer. Having Charly as a female character she is more influencing than her being a male character because we see her first as this normal mother and a teacher, and then we see her dramatically change to be someone who is the complete opposite. However, I found she was a bit unconvincing going from the normal lifestyle to having this role as a “tough-girl.” Mitch serves basically as being the more stable and sane one of the pair. He offers her knowledge and lets her know when she is out of line at times. The ending shootout scene is very intense, yet also a bit too unreal for the film. We do see here though, the merging of her past and new lives together. Overall, I thought that this movie was very unrealistic, but it does give us a new perspective on the buddy-cop films.


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