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Andrew McCarthy, one of the Brat Pack, stars as an architect who is summoned to London to restore an old historic hotel. While there, he accidentally runs over an elderly woman who has left her hospital and wanders the streets. This lady (played with fervent tongue in cheek by Honor Blackman - the original Emma Peel and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger---informs McCarthy he is to take over her role as the "advocate for the dead." He is gifted with "the sight" you see, so now he is to be the champion for several murdered children who want him to find the serial killer responsible.
McCarthy gets good support from Kevin Tighe, Alexander Armstrong, Amanda Redman, Jessica Oyelowo, and Maurice Roeves. Even though the plotting is at times ludicrous, Anderson weaves some spooky and atmospheric visuals, and the pace is brisk and involving. You'll find yourself enjoying it in spite of yourself.
This movie was shown on Australian television as a lunch time movie (a time-slot not exactly renown for it's high quality entertainment) and I watched it solely because I will watch just about anything that stars Andrew McCarthy, no matter how bad it might be (and a lot of his later films are pretty bad). It, therefore, came as quite a surprise to me when this film turned out to be a pretty good murder mystery that kept me guessing right up until the end. This movie is, in fact, a pilot for a TV series that was never made, and at the end of it, I was genuinely disappointed that this series hadn't been picked up. I really wanted to see more.
This movie was written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, director of such classics as "Resident Evil" and "Alien vs Predator" (interpret that information whichever way you choose) and has an interesting "Alice in Wonderland" theme throughout (which I think is meant to symbolize Lewis's transition into a strange new world, "down the rabbit hole", so to speak - whatever it means, I enjoyed spotting the "Alice" references). Unfortunately, this film seems to currently be unavailable in the US (it is available on DVD in Australia, however), which is a shame because this is a good film and a cut above your average pilot or made-for-television movie.
The atmosphere is very spooky with plenty of jump-out-of-your-skin moments. There are also a couple of funny moments, but most of it moves along at a fairly quick pace as Michael Lewis must race to stop a serial killer before he strikes again. There's also the disconnect for Michael of not knowing if he's talking to a ghost or a live human. It leaves you guessing to the end as to the killer's identity.
It's too bad that this never went any further. It's obvious the writers had more planned than just a weekly series about an amateur detective who speaks to ghosts.
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I really like this movie, but have not been able to find it new. Considering this is a used DVD, and that my DVD player is an economy model, I am pleased with the DVD. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Manda
I gave this a five because it is a remake of an older movie that I like and I thought the acting was good and captured the mood well. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Betiste
I saw this movie a long time ago and it just stuck in my head. A good tv movie that has been rememberedPublished on January 8, 2014 by G. Scammell
This movie was very,very good and also wanted to see Kevin Tighe in it.He used to play in Emergency.The movie keep you on the edge of your seat.ThanksPublished on October 22, 2011 by lisaandbilly
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