Shattered Image

on December 04, 1998 by Susan Green
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   When directors try to shine like Hitchcock, it's okay to fudge the Macguffin, but there's no excuse for idiotic dialogue. Raul Ruiz, a Chilean exile with a career devoted to European films, has not managed to overcome the unintentional howlers in Duane Poole's screenplay.
   "Shattered Image," observing the nightmare of one woman catapulted back and forth between two personalities in two separate timeframes, is given an elegance it doesn't deserve by Robby Muller's stunning cinematography of locations in Seattle and Jamaica. The gorgeous Anne Parillaud uses the same monotone as both Jessies--the hard-hearted assassin in the Pacific Northwest and the frightened new bride being stalked by an unseen assailant in the Caribbean. William Baldwin plays the innocent's husband, as well as the killer's lover, with the slightly sinister gloss of a matinee idol.
   The formulaic thriller chokes on subplots, while its symbolism provides supernatural mumbo-jumbo that goes nowhere.    Starring William Baldwin and Anne Parillaud. Directed by Paul Ruiz. Written by Duane Poole. Produced by Barbet Schroeder, Susan Hoffman and Lloyd A. Silverman. A Lions Gate release. Thriller. Not yet rated. Running time: 104 min.
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