Slow Burn (R)

Drama 93 April 13, 2007
By Luke Y. Thompson
Star Trek fans have been abuzz with talk about Jolene Blalock’s sex scenes in Slow Burn-- does Enterprise’s Vulcan hottie finally lower more than just the deflector shield? Indeed, you do get to see some T’Pol flesh, but only for a second or two; hardly worth the price of admission, unless you also have an affinity for low-budget crime flicks that want to be The Usual Suspects when they grow up. Blalock, rather unconvincing as an assistant district attorney and an African-American(!), is Nora Timmer, found at a crime scene claiming she shot a would-be rapist (Mekhi Phifer) in self-defense. Her D.A. boyfriend (Ray Liotta) initially believes her, but then a stranger (LL Cool J) walks into the police station with a different story, one in which Nora courted her “rapist” for weeks, and was trying to seduce him into testifying against a mysterious crime lord that no one has ever seen. Yep, it’s Keyser Soze time, and writer-director Wayne Beach (screenwriter of The Art of War and Murder at 1600) figures if you liked Suspects’ big climactic reversal, you’ll love four of them in a row! It’s much more probable, however, that you’ll have stopped paying attention by then. (Luke Y. Thompson). Rated R
Wayne Beach Ray Liotta, James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J, Mekhi Phifer, Jolene Blalock, Guy Torry, Taye Diggs, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bruce McGill, Frank Schorpion, Donny Falsetti Wayne Beach, Anthony Walton Fisher Stevens, Sidney Kimmel, Bonnie Timmerman, Tim Williams Lionsgate

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