Slow Burn (2005, Movie) – 6/10 review

Producer: Bonnie Timmermann
Ray Liotta: Ford Cole
LL Cool J: Luther Pinks
Mekhi Phifer: Isaac Duparde
Bruce McGill: Godfrey
Chiwetel Ejiofor: Ty Trippin
Guy Torry: Chet Price
Taye Diggs: Jeffrey Sykes
Jolene Blalock: Nora Timmer
Co-Executive Producer: Ray Liotta
Writer (Original Story): Wayne Beach
Writer (Original Story): Anthony Walton
Writer (Screenplay): Wayne Beach
Director: Wayne Beach

Slow Burn (2005)

DA Ford Cole is as shocked as anyone when his chief prosecutor Nora Timmer is raped and she kills the rapist in self-defence. However, he is quickly introduced to Luther Pinks who makes himself comfortable and proceeds to tell Cole about another side of Nora Timmer: the true side?


Twisting and turning like a flag in the wind, this is an interesting, well-made, well-acted crime drama that eventually has to cling to the flagpole for dear life by having a series of climactic events that are just too anticipated and unnecessary. They still make sense in the plot but forcing the audience to constantly juggle a twist or two too many brings them out of the movie and starts making it an intellectual exercise. Deeper consideration of a movie’s plot should only happen after the end credits; if it occurs during the first watch of the movie itself, it means that the movie has not quite kept it’s audience in the right place. Still, I’d rather have a movie that’s really good for a long time and just stumble at the finish line through over-ambition than one that is half-heartedly regurgitated from film school textbooks. Writer / first-time director Wayne Beach is probably worth keeping an eye on and it’s more than good enough to make you wonder why it wasn’t released for two years after it was made.

This movie contains sexual swear words, adult dialogue and gun violence and sex scenes, nudity.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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