The Black Dahlia (2006)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the "Black Dahlia" murder investigation.



  • James Ellroy at an event for The Black Dahlia (2006)
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  • Josh Hartnett and Hilary Swank in The Black Dahlia (2006)
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  • Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson in The Black Dahlia (2006)
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Brian De Palma


Josh Friedman (screenplay), James Ellroy (novel)

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1 January 2007 | siderite
| Hell, I liked it! Sue me!
Having read so many negative reviews, I started doubting my own rating for a minute, but no, I will rate this above average. It may not much for people knowing what the Black Dahlia murders were all about or that read the book, but for a movie, it was good.

The film has the feel of L.A. Confidential (but it's not that good) or maybe more like Where the Truth Lies and is beautifully shot. The story itself is somehow convoluted, but it all becomes somewhat clearer in the end. Yes, the plot does have some holes in it and some acting is not so convincing as it should be, but saying Josh Hartnett didn't act is just lame. He plays a less emotional person than others and he was very well cast for the role. Some of the script scenes were weak, that's one thing an actor can't change.

Bottom line: watch it in a slow night, when you feel like seeing a movie that removes you from everyday life. This is not exactly a noir film, but it's close enough.

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