Twisted (2004)

twisted poster 2004 movie ashley judd samuel l jackson andy garcia
3.5 Overall Score
Story: 2/10
Acting: 2/10
Visuals: 4/10

San Francisco setting

Horrible plot with actors struggling with the script

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Twisted

Studio:  Paramount Pictures

Genre(s):  Mystery/Suspense

Release Date(s):  February 27, 2004

MPAA Rating:  R


Even when I’m taken hostage, the situation is sexy!

Jessica Shepard (Ashley Judd) is a new inspector in San Francisco’s homicide department but troubled.  The murder of her mother by her father has changed her despite being raised by her boss and father’s partner John Mills (Samuel L. Jackson).  Assigned a new partner named Mike Delmarco (Andy Garcia), Jessica begins to wonder if she is going crazy when she begins to black out after nights on the town.  When former lovers begin to show up dead, Jessica questions if she could be committing the crimes without her knowledge and if her father’s insanity has been inherited.

Directed by Phillip Kaufman, Twisted is a crime thriller mystery.  The movie was met with bad reviews and bombed at the box office.


Of course I’m smiling if I can live in San Francisco and afford this view

Twisted plays out as one of the most generic thrillers you have ever seen.  Despite being a big screen movie with an all-star cast, the movie feels more like a Lifetime movie that even the actors seem embarrassed to be in.

The movie thinks it is smart, but it is a rather lame and implausible mystery.  Despite Jackson’s involvement in the police force, I can’t see any way that Judd’s character would be kept on the case or possibly even face suspension.  The whole last fifteen to twenty minutes is so neat and tidy (and not surprising) that you feel ripped off having to watch the painful mystery that leads up to it.


Want to get in the hot tub? Hot! Full of water…and blood!

The movie is way over cast for the movie.  I am not an Ashley Judd fan and don’t really think she can carry a movie.  The character is so poor and generic “troubled”, I even feel sorry for Judd.  Andy Garcia has been in some good stuff but this also isn’t one of them.  Samuel L. Jackson often can save a movie or at least make it more bearable…Unfortunately, Jackson can’t pull this stinker out of the fire.

The only redeeming factor of this movie is the nice San Francisco setting.  The movie gets all over the city and really shows off the location.  It can’t save the movie from the plot, but it at least becomes a nice sightseeing tour.

Twisted is a bad movie and a thriller that is neither thrilling or mysterious.  If it is like a Lifetime movie, it isn’t a very good Lifetime movie.  If Twisted is on, it isn’t worth the time to watch it.  Get a bigger and better thriller…which would be almost anything.

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