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This is basically a remake of "The Usual Suspects" folks!
on August 11, 2002
I suspect that a lot of people are missing the point of this movie. The key to understanding this movie is to realize that the movie begins with the rich man's wife being taken to the police station for questioning. It ends when she walks out of the police station and drives away with her friend. We need to keep in mind that 99% of the plot of the movie is simply the STORY she told the cops in between those two events.
Now, we KNOW her story to the cops has a couple of holes in it for at least two reasons: 1) the $30K blackmail money was never found, which caused all the cops to suspect the story in the first place, and 2) she herself negated much of the story in the final scene while conversing with her friend in the car.
That's as much as I'm going to say about the plot of the movie, because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it. If you did see it and thought it didn't make a lot of sense, go back and give it another look, keeping in mind what was said above.
What is amazing to me is that this movie is basically a remake of "The Usual Suspects" which came out a year earlier. In fact, it is such a laydown duplication of plot it's a wonder that it is not a copyright violation. Audiences and critics responded very favorably to the plot trick in "The Usual Suspects", but dis'd it in "The Rich Man's" wife. Strange. Perhaps many simply did not understand it, or perhaps it's novelty wore off very quickly after "The Usual Suspects" first aired.
At any rate, while this film certainly is not an academy award winner, it was well made and entertaining. And, Halle Berry is certainly a treat to watch on screen. Check it out.