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Harry Ross (Paul Newman), a retired private investigator, agrees to help long-time friends, former screen
legend Jack Ames (Gene Hackman) and his wife Catherine (Susan
Sarandon), with a favor and rapidly becomes embroiled in the center
of a dangerous and complex murder mystery.
Suspense Drama - Twilight is an extremely slow-paced murder mystery and character
study, one based almost entirely on the appeal of the cast. Older
viewers are most likely to appreciate watching the interaction of the
veteran stars, as might those who simply enjoy solid acting. As a story,
however, Twilight is predictable and unimpressive, with little
to offer viewers looking for an engrossing narrative. Entertaining perhaps
as an acting exercise, but not as a great piece of film-making.
PROFANITY: Strong and very frequent SEX/NUDITY: Bare breasts visible in sexual situation VIOLENCE: Several shootings and beatings DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Several scenes of characters drinking alcohol, wine or beer. ACTION: A few brief chases and scuffles, including gunplay COMEDY: Humorous reaction of characters to extreme situations
At first glance, Twilight looks like it should be a gem, a sly
and subtle tale of decaying affluence which would double as a declaration
of vitality from its talented cast. Too sly and subtle for its own good,
perhaps, because Twilight ends up offering very little you haven't
seen in dozens of seedy L.A.-based capers -- corrupt cops, buried secrets,
friends who turn out to be enemies, enemies who turn out to be friends.
The only reason it offers something more than the usual generic time-waster
is the collection of talent on the screen. Playing with the notion that
they're all washed up, Newman, Hackman, Sarandon and company actually
reassert themselves in the present...just not in a story that's terribly
worth the trouble.