COLOR OF NIGHT
Color of Night is a blatant steal from Basic Instinct (1992), a psycho-thriller that similarly featured a good deal of steamy sex. The film starts out doing an okay job of creating an essential mystery. There is a good deal of heated sex (featuring copious full frontal nudity on both partys parts) between Bruce Willis and the luscious Jane March, then hot from her debut in Jean-Jacques Annauds beautifully sensual The Lover (1992). (Although, the relationship does feature an improbable romance between 21 year-old March and Willis who was nearly twice her age).
Unfortunately, Color of Night is done in by the absurd contrivation of its script. There is one moment in the film where Ruben Blades detective addresses the therapy group and incredulously exclaims, You were all going out with the same woman and didnt realise it? which unfortunately for the audience puts its finger exactly on the potential absurdity that has been bubbling away beneath the film. From there on with its increasingly absurd contrivations about multiple personalities, girls impersonating their dead brother and psychotic siblings, the film has no hope of regaining its credibility. To her credit, Jane March does an okay job fooling everybody about all the multiple identities for the greater part of the running time. However, the opening scene with Kathleen Wilhoite painting her mouth with red lipstick and then sucking on a gun barrel makes the audience laugh out loud it is not a good omen when a film does this in the first few moments.
Color of Night was directed by Richard Rush, who had directed and written the great The Stunt Man (1980). Color of Night was the first film that Rush had directed in fourteen years. It is hard to guess what went wrong here the difference between the two films in terms of intelligence of script is poles apart. Rush has not directed anything since Color of Night either.
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