Katharine Isabelle's latest film hit blu ray shelves yesterday.
|"Guns don't kill people.|
I kill people."
Ever since her rock steady portrayal in American Mary, she's struggled through a series of movies that are doing nothing other than giving her a chance to act for small paycheck indies that are keeping her in a perpetual state of stagnation. Between her obvious beauty and non-typical character selections, one would think she'd be a big name star by now. Maybe it's by choice that she hasn't cracked the upper echelon, but films like 88 are doing her no favors.
88 rides the coat tails of The Guest by trying to be mysterious and brooding but fails at delivering the same sense of tongue in cheek tone. The fluorescent look is here, the retro sounding music is here, and the over the top gun play is at full tilt, but it always feels a bit too forced. While an always engaging Christopher Lloyd plays the baddie and Isabelle plays the convincing sexy vixen with a gun, 88 feels like remedial action that's been filtered through the eyes of a film school dropout that wants nothing more than to pay tribute to her favorite directors.
|"Dude. Don't try anything or I'll|
Mary Mason your ass."
If you're looking for some passive fun, you may enjoy 88. It's always cool to see Christopher Lloyd and Katharine definitely knows how to play it up for the camera. But the movie as a whole doesn't bring anything new to the fold. 88 is a mediocre attempt to give Isabelle another shot at a lead role. Unfortunately for her, the movie doesn't match her level of talent. Bring back Mary Mason.