Review: ‘Reflections on a Crime’

A full-bore star turn by Mimi Rogers, playing a glamorous killer about to take the chair, is the main selling point for this slickly made, intellectually empty character study. Sharp style on a mini-budget and uncompromising seriousness lend some distinction to Jon Purdy's first feature.

A full-bore star turn by Mimi Rogers, playing a glamorous killer about to take the chair, is the main selling point for this slickly made, intellectually empty character study. Sharp style on a mini-budget and uncompromising seriousness lend some distinction to Jon Purdy’s first feature.

Rogers toplines as Regina, convicted of killing her pompous husband because ‘divorce would have broken his heart.’ From this flimsy bit of moral ambiguity, writer/helmer Purdy fashions a claustrophobic, execution-eve faceoff between Rogers and young ‘media junky’ guard Colin (Billy Zane), who has bribed his way into her holding cell.

Rogers then spins her tale of the events leading up to the fatal encounter, some repeated from every angle, with the only twist that hubby is dispatched by different means each time.

That sounds intriguing on paper, but Purdy’s leaden hand guarantees hard labor for all involved. B-meister Roger Corman exec produced, and the gratuitous ogling of Rogers’ body (or her body double) is certainly more Russ Meyer than Chantal Akerman.

Reflections on a Crime

Production

Concorde/Saban. Director Jon Purdy; Producer Gwen Field, Barbara Klein, Carol Dunn Trussel,; Screenplay Jon Purdy; Camera Teresa Medina; Editor Norman Buckley; Music Parmer Fuller; Art Director Arlan Jay Vetter

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1994. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Mimi Rogers Billy Zane John Terry Kurt Fuller Lee Garlington Nancy Fish
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