Judas Kiss is a story of
love, corruption, deceipt and betrayal. It centres around the lives of con
artists Coco, (Carla Gugino) and Junior, (Australian actor Simon
Baker-Denny), who fall in love and decide to carry out the biggest scam of
their careers, the kidnapping of a billion dollar genius. Do 'perfectly
thought out plans' always pay off? To help them with their plan they recruit
Lizard (Gil Bellows), a 'plan every detail' kinda guy and Ruban a brainless,
German beefcake. For good measure, thrown in are a couple more crooks, an
alcoholic detective (Alan Rickman) and a wacky FBI Agent (Emma Thompson.) All
the right ingredients for a enjoyable and funny movie.
The director uses
different techniques to help us feel what is going on with his characters.
Blurred sounds are used for the fast paced situations and to convey tense
emotional scenes there is complete silence except for that characters
narration of their thoughts. There is also a small narrative part by Coco, who
is ultimately the main character. We see her learn from her experiences and
mistakes and almost see her grow as a person.
The highlight of this
movie, for me, was seeing Emma Thompson pull off the role of the sarcastic and
zany cop, Sadie Hawkins! This role was a change from her usual choices, which
have included the period drama Sense and Sensibility, but she has perfect
comic timing in this film. She has perfectly meshed timing with Alan Rickman,
(Detective Friedman) and I guarantee that the two will have viewers in fits of
giggles. Choice of cast members could not have been better, with each actor
playing their roles to their full potential. With a great script and a great
cast, this film is relatively unknown but definitely worth a look!!
16:9 Aspect Ratio,
2.0 Dolby Digital
The menu of this film is bright and catches
your eye straight away. It features Play movie, Scenes and Extras. I have to
say the extras on this disc are outstanding. There are cast and crew
biographies, both Australian and French trailers, an extensive photo gallery,
Into the files which gives viewers an insight into what motivates each
character, more from palace films and a few words from director Sebastian
Gutierrez, Judas Kiss being his directorial debut.