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BlackJack: Sweet Science (2004)

  Directed by: Peter Andrikidis
Written by: Kristen Dunphy
Starring: Marta Dusseldorp, Colin Friels
Links: BlackJack: Sweet Science on the IMDb
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 2.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

BlackJack: Sweet Science (2004) is also mentioned in pearly's review of BlackJack: In the Money (2005).

"It IS another cop show" - a review by pearly

When I watched this telemovie, I didn't realise that it's actually the second film in a series of telemovies, presumably about the same character. However, having now seen one of them, I have no urge to go back and watch the first, nor to watch any that come along after.

In a city that's so full to the brim with cop shows that a certain height-challenged unfunny man advertises his program as "not a cop show", BlackJack: Sweet Science is trying to cash in. However, it comes off as so second-rate that it's not funny.

The thing about the successful cop / forensics shows of the moment is that, by and large, they've got bucketloads of money thrown at them. There's money for special effects, money to get impressive looking forensic equipment, money for killer stupid jokes to be written into the scripts, and so on.

With BlackJack: Sweet Science, the cops looked like they were using equipment from the eighties. The lead character couldn't even manage to work an old DOS-style computer program, and gave up in disgust. Perhaps this is more realistic, and it's what detectives in Australia really have to put up with, but it's not impressing anyone. The thing that makes these cop shows successful is impressing people: with the technology, with the cleverness of the detectives, with the speed in which they crack the case, with the fact that everything always ends well. So, if BlackJack: Sweet Science is trying to jump onto that particular band wagon, they've kinda missed the point. I would have preferred to watch a repeat of C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation than this.

The premise for this particular one is that cop Jack (Colin Friels) is looking for a killer, and his investigation points towards a family with two sons, whose father was killed some 20 years or so earlier, and which was never solved. There's also a pointless side story where Jack is flirting with some other female cop who is a boxer on the side, which is good if you like that sort of thing (I don't).

Even watched with only half my attention, this film didn't keep me entertained, but don't you worry, I'll be sure to sit down to more crappy telemovies very soon, for your reading pleasure.

pearly gives this movie 2 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 24 Nov 2004

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Reader comments

  1. I loved this telemovie. I think the last review missed the point. It was completely different from those crappy CSI things, at that makes it original

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Zoe on Thu 17 Feb 2005 17:22 #

  2. Yeah, I thought pearly's review was crap too.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Simon on Wed 18 Jan 2006 04:27 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (2 ratings)

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