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Lonely Hearts

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The true story of Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, opportunistic ’40s murderers who located their victims through the personal columns, inspired both The Honeymoon Killers and 1996 Mexican offering Deep Crimson. Todd Robinson’s drama, based on his grandfather’s memories of investigating their deeds, offers a new angle by replaying the same events from a cop’s perspective. The problem with this approach, however, is a criminal lack of focus, our grim fascination with the lovers’ bloody rampage continually undercut by a brooding John Travolta piecing together the evidence like a trench-coated Gil Grissom as he struggles to recover from his own wife’s suicide. Salma Hayek may be way too sexy to play the frumpy Martha, (a woman so fat she could barely fit into the electric chair) yet it’s her feral psychosis you’ll remember ahead of Jared Leto’s teary, balding Raymond – that, and Alice Krige getting her head caved in mid-orgasm…

 

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: October 29th 2007

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