The Long Kiss Goodnight
The Long Kiss Goodnight is a surprisingly witty action-comedy.
Samantha Caine (Geena Davis) is an amnesiac schoolteacher who
was found pregnant and memoryless on a beach eight years ago.
Several private investigators have attempted to find out who she
is and failed...and now she's left with Mitch Henessey (Samuel L. Jackson),
the bottom of the barrel. However, Mitch stumbles on a clue,
and a traumatic accident causes Samantha's former self to begin
to reemerge. Apparently, she used to be Charly Baltimore, government
assassin. As Samantha and Mitch attempt to discover more about
Charly, they discover that there are some people who would rather
Charly remain dead. There are a few credibility problems with The Long
Kiss Goodnight, as there are with many superspy films. But once this
one gets rolling, its a wild ride. This is one of the (intentionally)
funniest action films to come about in a long while. The film is full
of sharp, witty dialogue, a credit to screenwriter Shane Black.
Directory Renny Harlin redeems himself after last year's Cutthroat Island
debacle. The action here explodes off the screen. Geena Davis handles
her dual role expertly, playing both the suburban schoolteacher/mom
and the cursing, deadly secret agent with surprising toughness. Her only
weak moments are the transition scenes, when it is unclear which persona
is in charge. Samuel L. Jackson is excellent, as always, in this supporting
turn as the eccentric private eye, providing some of the films wittiest
moments. Give it some time to build up steam, and The Long Kiss Goodnight
packs a hefty punch.
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