Thanks for doing a review, I've kind of half-heartedly blogged about films myself but haven't worked up to a decent appraisal of anything yet, I'm glad someone else likes writing about them. Is she truly the killer? Mounting suspense leads to a surprising conclusion as Keller finds himself caught in an undercurrent of deception, seduction and betrayal. Worst of all, the ending literally comes out of nowhere and is clearly meant to shock rather than make sense. Aided by another detective John Goodman is fantastic as always from a few precincts over, he tries to race against both time and the spiderweb of danger which is unseen yet slowly winches tighter on everyone involved, as the killer circles them all. After realizing that the killer is placing personal ads in local newspapers and murdering the men that respond, the detectives place their own ad and set up an undercover sting to try to catch her before she can strike again. Rooker, as the murderer, is typecast but gets the job done. Harold Becker, a hot-cold kind of director City Hall, Malice , composes a really good script from Richard Price central theme: loneliness; secondary theme: the perils of sex into an edgy game.
In some ways her presence epitomises the film; once you get past the dated façade big hair, big clothes, big eye make up , you soon discover the action is consistently engaging, teasing and surprising. The evidence suggests that the killer was probably an embittered woman who'd replied to the victim's ad. Both victims had placed poetic ads in a lonely hearts column. It's smart, too, that we don't see Barkin for the first third of the movie, the anticipation builds up and thankfully upon arriving into the picture she doesn't disappoint. Keller teams up with Detective Sherman Touhey, from Queens, and place their own advert.
As Pacino meets the women who respond one by one in a restaurant, the film's most touching moment occurs: An attractive, but older woman pours her heart out to Pacino, only to be rebuffed since she is obviously not the killer. I know what you are thinking, must be a suicide by twerking, but Keller is not your ordinary detective, and this super sleuth immediately believes that this man was a victim of foul play, and not the laugh out loud kind that involves an albino, Goldie Hawn, or a warm cucumber. Frank takes her to his place, against his better judgment and a warning from Sherman not to do so. For all those guys out there that are forced to watch 'chick flicks' and for the ladies that sit through over violent action thrillers, here is a movie both will enjoy. At the risk of provoking a huge list: if that's 4 stars for you, what's five? Its also ironic - the crime-ridden world of this film is anything but a sea of love.
This theory is reinforced when it there is a similar killing in Queens. She forgives him, and they resume their relationship. It's perfectly structured, riveting the whole way through, and just as steamy as you'd imagine a pairing between Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin to be. Advertisers and affiliate partnerships do not influence our content. The guessing game at the heart of the plot is well handled by the makers, there's no stupid giveaways or overkill of red herrings, while the edgy lonely hearts basis for both the killings and the investigative trap is nicely written by Richard Price. Now if you were a cop stressed out or otherwise and were confronted with two people who had been killed after having placed rhyming personal ads, what would your first move be? Inevitably there are some twists along the way before we finally learn who the killer is.
One of these women is sultry blonde, Helen Cruger Barkin , who Frank starts to have a passionate relationship with. Sea of Love is a taut and entertaining thriller. Her targets are men who place rhyming solicitations in the personals of a New York singles magazine. Overall a solid film that I'd recommend to fans of the genre; a must see for Pacino's fans. If the man wasn't quite in flagrante delicto, it's obvious he was involved in some sort of romantic tryst, and when a second murder victim is found in more or less the same circumstances, Frank and his new partner Sherman John Goodman , who had been investigating the second victim, discover that both men had placed rhyming ads in a personals column.
Then an apparent serial killer gives him a mystery to solve and he finds himself teamed up with Queens detective Goodman, in whose district the killer has also found a victim. It stands up to repeated viewings, and like Mr. The acting, the music, the cinematography, the script, and the production design are all credible. This Blu-ray offers pretty uninspiring image quality, something that has evidently hampered previous home video releases, and its audio quality, while better, isn't spectacular either. Goodman is ebullient and makes a good foil for Pacino's haggard life sucks act, his Sherman an easy to get on side with character. But, Frank begins questioning their relationship when he begins noticing little signs that may point to Helen possibly being the very killer he's investigating.
Plot has Pacino as New York Police Detective Frank Keller, a borderline alcoholic and lonely after his wife left him for one of his colleagues. Overall, I'm guessing fans of 'Sea of Love' won't find these quirks to be a problem -- in fact, if my own personal experience with old favorites is any indication, such elements can often surround movies like this with a warm glow of nostalgia that may even serve to enhance the experience. In that sense, Sea of Love is a gender bender Looking for Mr. . Frank goes through one or two women until Helen Ellen Barkin shows up.
Al Pacino plays Detective Frank Keller, a cop who is going undercover to search out this praying mantis. Just the fact that everything about Sea Of Love was wrong, except there I had, arguably, one of the great American actors as my fierce, fearsome protector, and that felt amazing to me and gave me a level of confidence that I certainly never would have had without him. Watch fpr suppoetin turns from Michael Rooker, William Hickeyn, Paul Calderon, Richard Jenkins, Larry Joshua, John Spencer and a cery young Samuel L. Frank gets an idea to place a rhyming ad in the paper, meet women who respond in a restaurant and take the prints from their drinking glasses. Ultimately, though, Frank and Sherman set up a sting after having placed their own rhyming ad, with Frank acting as potential date and Sherman as a waiter at the restaurant where the meeting place is. This is largely due to the terrific screen presence of Al Pacino - he's such a firecracker! The first time I answered an ad, I ended up going to an Ella Fitzgerald concert with a woman who, just as we were entering the theater, decided to confide in me that she had just been released from a mental institution I swear I am not making this up.
As a newcomer to 'Sea of Love', the other thing that kept me from fully immersing myself in the film is that it hasn't completely stood the test of time. Pacino has made a career at attracting both men and women in his movies and you will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful woman than Barkin in this movie. I always enjoy Bill Hickey too, here as Pacino's father. Al Pacino had a bit of a dodgy 1980s up until the release of Sea Of Love. Keller finds three clues that support his theory. Music is by Trevor Jones and Ronnie Taylor is the cinematographer.