Kiss the Girls
Directed by Gary Fleder
Quick Synopsis… Forensic psychologist Alex Cross travels to North Carolina and teams up with escaped kidnapping victim Kate McTiernan to hunt down “Casanova,” a serial killer who abducts strong-willed women and forces them to submit to his demands.
- Late in my college career, a friend got me into reading the novels of James Patterson.
- The obvious starting place for me was the series of books featuring Alex Cross.
- Kiss the Girls is actually the second Alex Cross book. But it’s the first movie to feature Morgan Freeman as the Washington, D.C. detective.
- The first book, Along Came a Spider, was adapted as a sequel in 2001.
- As far as the books go, I like Along Came a Spider better. When it comes to the movies, I like Kiss the Girls.
- And I’ll be honest… I’ve probably read 30 or more of Patterson’s books. But eventually I quit devouring every new novel he published.
- Because, to me, they were mostly the same. Don’t get me wrong, the ones I’ve read were enjoyable. I was entertained.
- They just got a little repetitive to me.
- I know Tyler Perry took over the role of Alex Cross in a more recent movie, but I didn’t see that one. I didn’t hear too many good things about it to encourage me to buy a ticket.
- I won’t do my typical live-tweet style play by play for this one. Because it’s a complicated mystery/thriller.
- It gets complicated.
- And I kind of don’t want to spoil the thing for you, in case you haven’t seen this thing in the last 22 years.
- Here’s what you should know, though…
- Alex Cross is a forensic psychologist. In the books, the folks in the neighborhood call him the doctor detective.
- Word reaches D.C. that Alex’s niece, Naomi, has been abducted in Durham, where she’s a student at Duke.
- Her suspected kidnapper is the serial killer who calls himself Casanova.
- So Alex heads to North Carolina to get involved in the investigation.
- Meanwhile, another young woman, Kate McTiernan (Ashley Judd) is abducted.
- But she’s well versed in martial arts and manages to escape, nearly losing her life in the process.
- Problem is, she never saw Casanova’s face. He always wears a mask when he’s interacting with his harem.
- Kate winds up working closely with Alex and, in the course of the investigation, they discover that Casanova has a partner on the west coast known as the Gentleman Caller.
- The whole thing gets pretty twisty before it’s all said and done.
- We do get introduced to FBI Agent Kyle Craig. He’s a big player in the books.
- He’s someone whom Alex considers to be a good friend. However, it’s revealed several books in that Craig is a serial killer who calls himself The Mastermind, who has been pulling a lot of strings behind the scenes in previous novels.
- Makes me wonder, if the film series had performed better at the box office, would Craig have eventually proven to be a nemesis for Cross in a movie, as well?
- He was played by the same actor (Jay O. Sanders) in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, though his role in the latter is little more than a cameo.
- But they did make a point to include him. So it does make me wonder…
- On an unrelated note, if you’re a child of the 90s, you’ll recognize Tae-Bo creator Billy Blanks as Kate’s kickboxing trainer.
That’s all I’ve got to say about that. Have you seen or read Kiss the Girls? What did you think of either? Both? And let me know what you think tomorrow’s movie might be? We’re going back to the 80s for L day. It’s a classic sci-fi adventure that heavily involves the use of an arcade game.