Sea of Love

23 Jul

Detective Frank Keller (played by Al Pacino) is a New York cop of twenty years’ standing. He’s good at his job, but that (and drinking) is about all he has to do in his life these days since his wife left him for fellow-cop Gruber (by Richard Jenkins) who happens to be from the same precinct. Frank’s disillusioned and should retire from the force, but he just can’t come to terms with his marriage breakdown, so he carries on. A serial killer with a penchant for “lonely hearts” magazine ads and who kills each victim while playing the old record “Sea of Love”, is active and Frank and his partner, Sherman (by John Goodman) investigate. To get closer to a suspect, Frank places his own “lonely hearts” advert and it’s answered, by Helen Cruger (by Ellen Barkin). Frank meets up with her but she’s not what he was expecting … she’s tough, sexy and a headstrong, single mother. Despite her being a suspect, Frank’s loneliness gets the better of his judgement, he is entranced by her and they begin an affair. As Frank gets more involved in his relationship with Helen, his suspicion of her deepens …

This movie will keep you involved all the way through – the plot is compelling and it has great dialogue, strong characters and authentic action sequences. As always, Al Pacino is great – these are the roles where he excels – when he portrays vulnerability, intensity, deep feelings and the self-destructive behaviour of continuing a relationship when it’s clearly not the best idea he’s ever had. He can bring all this to the audience without uttering a word – such is his talent at facial expression, gesture and body language – he’s just marvellous. His character is his well balanced with Ellen Barkin’s portrayal of the enigmatic and classy Helen. They are plausible as a couple, each in it to meet their own needs. John Goodman brings a sense of realism and “down home-ness” to his almost comic character Sherman, which is entertaining. In 1990, both Ellen Barkin and John Goodman were nominated for a Chicago Film Critics Association Award for their performances here and Al Pacino was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work, in the same year. The great script, well constructed scenes and excellent cinematography bring this chaotic urban environment to the audience and we are taken along on this ride quite easily. This is a good movie.

Made in 1989. Directed by Harold Becker


Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Movies


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2 responses to “Sea of Love

  1. vinnieh

    July 23, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Good and well-wriiten review, Haven’t seen this one but as I’m a fan of Pacino I’ll give it a watch.

  2. thoriqnet

    July 23, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Reblogged this on Gratis & Full Crack.


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