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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Jack's Back (1988)

How does one celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jack the Ripper's murders?  By meticulously recreating his wicked deeds, of course!  James Spader [Pretty in Pink, Wall Street] stars as identical twin brothers, one of whom is murdered by the new Ripper.  The other has dreams about how his brother met his demise and so he sets out to find the killer and bring him to justice.  Spader is very good in this role and I have the feeling the part may have been written with him in mind.  He is completely at ease with the character and is enjoyable to watch from start to finish.  

Cynthia Gibb [Short Circuit 2, Fame: The TV Series] also does a good job as Chris, your typical clean cut, fresh faced 80's girl.  She has good chemistry with Spader and their performances are definitely the heart of this film.

Director/Writer Rowdy Herrington is not exactly a household name.  He is best known for the Patrick Swayze cult classic Road House which he also directed.  Herrington creates a nice atmosphere with this picture but the screenplay could have used a little more work.  There are some holes here and there and the ending is quite unsatisfying and a bit disappointing.

All in all, Jack's Back is a good movie.  It could have been great with a little more work on the story which has a great deal of potential it never fully reached.

RATING: Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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