THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT
Directed by Renny Harlin
Written by Shane Black
Starring Geena Davis, Samuel Jackson, Craig Bierko
My advice: Finally, a woman with backbone!
Rating: out of
I'm pulling this one out of the video vault and dusting it off. I do this, fellow moms, because I think it's imperative
we get to see a woman who can kick some ass without getting dolled up in a fetching miniskirt ensemble.
Eight years before our story picks up, Samantha Caine (Davis) washes up on a beach two months pregnant and with
complete and total amnesia. Unable to recall who she has been or what she has done she sets about making a new
life for herself. She gives birth to a daughter, marries a man and begins a new job as a teacher. Understandably,
although happy, she wishes to know about her past and hires one detective after another in an effort to discover
the secrets of her previous life. Soon the money runs out and she is left with no choice but to hire a down-on-his-luck
ex-cop named Mitch Henessey (Jackson).
In the course of investigating Samantha's unknown past life, Mitch comes across a discovery that leads to one of
the most intangible revelations I'd seen in a movie all year. This revelation gives birth to a highly excitable
thriller filled with action, suspense and many a deft plot twist!
As Samantha, Davis is your run of the mill, unassuming Mom. However, as Mitch begins to fill her in more and more
on what he's found, another persona seems to take over. This is when Charly Baltimore enters the scene. As Baltimore,
Davis' change is eerily palpable. Her eyes, her body language; she is the complete antithesis of homemaker Sam.
It actually begins to appear that Charly was once a CIA assassin. She's an expert markswoman, highly skilled with
a knife or her hands. She's a killing machine. The transition into Charly becomes more electric when she sheers
her hair short and dies it a startling blonde. Now chain smoking and cursing like a sailor, she takes Mitch on
the ride of his life.
I'm not going to give away too much here. Before you rent this, be aware that the language is colorful and the
violence graphic BUT it's so refreshing to see a woman masterfully take the helm of a floundering ship that you
just won't care.
I say, see this and have that hubby watch it with you. It's a movie you can both enjoy...and he may look at you
just a little bit differently when it's over!