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Picks & Pans

by  Ralph Novak

Tense, charged with intellectual energy and witty with the dark humor of despair, this film is mesmerizing. A major source of its power is acting by William (Body Heat) Hurt and Raul (Tempest) Julia. Anyone who sees this film will have a hard time forgetting the characters ... This is a prison movie to the same extent that Hamlet is a ghost story. What it is really about is the capacity of the human spirit to surprise, in beautiful ways as well as ugly ones.