Unforgettable

on February 23, 1996 by Kim Williamson
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   When this first studio effort from indiemeister John Dahl ("The Last Seduction," "Red Rock West") opens, the setting is a much-seen one: a nighttime urban crime scene, with police searching for evidence. But the scene's horror is made electric via Dahl and DP Jeffrey Jur's icy yet humane camerawork, setting the stage for thrills to come. But, aside from one harrowing moment a brutally frank shooting of a young woman "Unforgettable" from this point virtually evaporates.
   That's too bad, because the narrative held elements for considerable emotional success: A medical examiner, Dr. David Krane ("No Exit's" Ray Liotta, once again good in a bad movie), was accused of his wife's murder but released on a technicality. Still haunted by her loss, he meets a neurobiologist, Dr. Martha Briggs ("Jade's" Linda Fiorentino), who is experimenting on a potion that will allow transfer of memory. Krane injects himself with it to relive his wife's final moments, hoping to see who killed her.
   That story promised heart-wrenching payoffs, but the the script (by Bill Geddie, producer of ABC's Barbara Walters specials) in trying to cover more territory (drug marketeering by bad cops) only accomplishes much less. As in "Jade," Fiorentino is far stronger than her part; her mousiness here, though interesting, fails to capture the actress' innate potency. As with so much else in "Unforgettable," the extraordinary is made un- remarkable. Starring Ray Liotta, Linda Fiorentino and Peter Coyote. Directed by John Dahl. Written by Bill Geddie. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis and Martha De Laurentiis. An MGM release. Thriller. Rated R for strong violence, language and nudity. Running time: 117 min
Tags: Ray Liotta, Linda Fiorentino, Peter Coyote, John Dahl, Bill Geddie, Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis, murder, neurobiologist, memory
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