Twisted
R
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -3 1/2

In this psychological thriller, detective Jessica Shepherd (Ashley Judd) has a keen eye for crime scenes but is plagued by a dark and violent family history. In the past, Shepherds father was a police officer who went on a serial-killing spree before murdering his wife and committing suicide. In the wake of that tragic event, police commissioner John Mills (Samuel L. Jackson), her fathers former partner, raised and mentored Jessica. Now on her first homicide case with her new partner, Mike Delmarco (Andy Garcia), Shepherd investigates another serial murderer. To her dismay, she discovers that each victim is one of her former lovers and that she is the chief suspect. While unraveling the mystery, Shepherd experiences blackouts and teeters on the verge of insanity, fearing the murderers obsession with her while wondering if she might have committed the crimes herself.

This film is indeed Twisted. From its earliest scenes, the movie conveys a dark and sinister feeling. It deals with deep psychological trauma and portrays great expressions of human evil in the brutality of murder. Ironically, this is one of the movies redeeming qualities because it universally attributes evil to the human race. One character aptly comments concerning the ability and desire to kill, Its in all of us. Though some may dispute this, we must ultimately agree with the films assessment: The same dark evil of sin is found in each of us apart from the sanctifying work of Christ. Despite the good theology, the films content is emotionally disconcerting because it reflects so deeply upon a brutal expression of evil. Graphic violence and gory images of dead bodies, combined with extramarital sexuality, brief nudity and offensive language, easily earn this film a negative acceptability rating.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Distributor: Paramount

Summary
Crude Language: Many (14) times mild (hell 9, damn 1); moderate (bastard 1); strong (ass 3)
Obscene Language: Many (39) times moderate (piss 1); strong (f-word 27, s-word 9, other 2)
Profanity: Several (9) times moderate (G 4, G-sake 1); strong (GD 2, J 1, JC 1)
Violence: Many times moderate (man threatens woman with knife, woman kicks man in face, woman kicks man in back, man threatens woman with gun, man breaks window to attack woman, man shot and killed, woman breaks mans nose); strong (discussion of brutal murder, gory depiction of several brutally murdered bodies, gory photographs of murder scenes, woman awakens next to bloody body of her ex-boyfriend)
Sexual Intercourse: Few times moderate (man and woman have sex, shown with motions); strong (woman propositions man, and they return to his home for sex with motions and male buttocks exposed)
Nudity: Few times mild (woman shown in her underwear, woman exits bathtub with back shown); moderate (mans buttocks exposed during sex scene)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Several times mild (man and woman refer to their hunger with apparent sexual connotations); moderate (woman refers to her numerous sexual relationships a few times, other characters refer to womans sexual relationships a few times)
Drug Abuse: Several times mild (alcohol use in bar; smoking in several scenes; few references to rohypnol, or roofies, the date-rape drug); moderate (woman repeatedly gets drunk and passes out)
Other: Discussion of murder and the capacity for murder viewed as universal, depiction of psychological struggles with past experiences
Running Time: 107 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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