Sunday, July 24, 2016

Movie review: Mulholland Falls

A special LAPD police squad led by Max Hoover investigates the murder of a young woman, Allison, who had an affair with Hoover and Timms, the head of the nuclear agency. When the murder investigation leads to the military and causes questions about national security, the LAPD ends up with more than a simple murder on their hands.

Nick Nolte (Max Hoover), Melanie Griffith (Katherine Hoover), Chazz Palminteri (Ellroy Coolidge), Michael Madsen (Eddie Hall), Chris Penn (Arthur), Treat Williams (Col. Fitzgerald), Jennifer Connelly (Allison Pond), Daniel Baldwin (McCafferty), Andrew McCarthy (Jimmy Fields), John Malkovich (General Timms).

I was actually surprised by this one and enjoyed the film. The plot is a bit cliché and predictable but a few twists kept it interesting. There was some good mystery to the film, decent action scenes, drama, sex, and good old fashioned violence with saps.

Nolte was much better in this one than I expected and Palminteri did a great job. I thought most of the acting in this one was well done.

Sets, effects and sound were all nicely done. Dialogue was a bit lacking in parts and Nolte’s mumbling low rough voice was difficult to hear at times.

If you enjoy a good cop flick, or 50’s themed movies you will most likely really enjoy this one.

Beware the nudity, sex scenes, violence and language and keep this one for the oldest of teens and above.

Released: 1996
Reviewed: 7.17.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Thrillers, Crime Drama, Crime Thriller

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