Kiss of Death (1995)

Flat, no matter which way you slice it.  Forget David Caruso, now at the
top of the marquee.  Forget Nicholas Cage in Richard Widmark's original
role.  Forget PULP FICTION alumni Samuel L. Jackson and Ving Rhames.
These and other wonderful lowlifes do very little for director Barbet
Schroeder's uninspired update of the 1947 classic.  Simply, KISS OF
DEATH has no momentum.  Each scene seems barely connected to the next.
Sure, if we know our noir then we know where we're going, but we should
be able to feel that from the *film*.  Which we can't.

Oddly enough:  Caruso's screen debut was with Rambo in FIRST BLOOD.

Grade: C+

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