A Film Called Malice: Directed by Harold Becker.

Film Back in 1994, just after the film's release, Becker was approached by The Independent newspaper and their Right To Reply column. Malice had received a critical roasting in some quarters because of it's many twists and turns and incredulity stretching and the director was given the chance to explain his choices:
"'I think that sometimes people get annoyed when they can't get ahead of a story, yet the key to a thriller is never to allow that to happen. It's a guessing game and once the audience has got ahead of the story, the game is up. In fact, what intrigued me about making this film was its very bizarre plot. I've always loved this style of film noir movie, but I've never made one because it's been done so much already. Yet, when I came across this absolutely bizarre plot, I said, 'Well, even in 1993, this is worth making.' It's simply a new twist on the genre."
Well exactly.  Malice works because from the credits onwards, the viewer is never clear as to what's going to happen or even what genre of film they're watching and that's the key to its success.  Not that it was helped by some reviewers spoiling the film by giving away the biggest surprise in the opening sentence.  Empire Magazine.

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