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BlackJack: In the Money (2005)

Directed by: Ian Watson
Written by: Gary McCaffrie, Shaun Micallef, Katherine Thompson
Starring: Max Cullen, Marta Dusseldorp, David Field, Colin Friels
Links: BlackJack: In the Money on the IMDb
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 4.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"A sucker for punishment" - a review by pearly

After having watched and hated the second installment of this running telemovie series, BlackJack: Sweet Science (2004), I don't know why I clamoured to watch this third one (especially after my review of the former had stated I wouldn't be interested in watching any more of them). But when I saw it was on, the movie reviewer inside me just had to see what they did with it this time around.

Colin Friels is back as Kempson, the detective with all the smooth moves, alongside his partner-in-crime-fighting, Lawson (Marta Dusseldorp). This time, it's personal. Kempson's father-in-law presents him with an old mystery, and asks him to look into it - the death of his former lover, which he has kept bottled inside until the recent death of his wife. Kempson is reluctant, but when his father-in-law insists, he begins to realise that there might be something to this crime, and he falls in head first.

This film has much of the same kinds of production values and so on of the previous edition that I saw, but overall, the storyline in this one is more interesting, and as such, I enjoyed watching it a lot more. Don't get me wrong, it's still, at heart, a fairly crappy telemovie, but at least this one kept my attention. It's true, it probably still doesn't compare to a single episode of something like C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation in terms of entertainment value. Better than the last one, but still not great.

pearly gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 18 Nov 2005

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