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Genre: thriller/crime

Year: 2002

Run Time: NTSC 94min/ PAL 90min

Director: Evelyn Purcell

Cast: Gina Gershon, Sean Patrick Flanery, Michael Biehn



Psychiatrist Dr. Lila Colleti is divorcing her husband and is devastated when he wins custody of their two little girls, whom he gets largely because Lila's job, being a psychiatrist for the criminally insane at the local prison, is a potentially dangerous one that forces her to keep long, erratic hours. When one of Lila's patients, Ed Baikman, is released into a half-way house, he decides under the delusional influence of his psychosis to help her out by murdering her ex-husband and his girlfriend, and then threatening to tell the cops they'd planned it together when she refuses to become romantically involved with him. Though Lila's lover, police detective Macy Kobacek, stands by her loyally, Baikman does such an ingenious job of implicating Lila in the crime that even Macy begins to have his doubts about Lila's innocence.(source: imdb, written by Kyle Reese)



There's one problem with Borderline that results in the whole movie being a lot less than it could be. The plot follows the same formula used so many times in thrillers. What's important in films like Borderline is that it's unpredictable and that it can fool it's viewer. In the case of Borderline, it's very unfortunate it never fully achieves these goals. 

There are good points in the story that I wish we could know more about. I found the dark history of both Colleti (Gershon) and Baikman (Flanery) intriguing and it's too bad the movie didn't concentrate more on these issues. 

Gina Gershon is the lead actress of the piece and while I think she could've brought more emotion to his role, she fares ok. Flanery is a very capable actor but his character suffers from bad underdevelopment. I don't think it's surprising to say that Biehn fares best, giving a solid performance as Kobacek. Kobacek is deeply in love with Colleti but the rising evidents against Colleti are putting his faith in test. Biehn does his best to convey the feelings of his character but it doesn't change the fact that Borderline ends up being nothing more than an adequate thriller.

Rating 5.3/10


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Distributor Sony Pictures Sony Pictures Sony Pictures
Video 1.78:1 1.78:1 1.78:1
Audi
  • english 5.1
  • french 2.0
  • english 5.1
  • german 5.1
  • french 5.1
  • spanish 5.1
  • italian 2.0
  • english 5.1
  • german 5.1
  • french 5.1
  • spanish 5.1
  • italian 2.0
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english, french, spanish, portugese                           

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