Circumstances Unknown (1995) (TV)
This TV-thriller is a relatively clumsy study of a phenomenon which has already been investigated more than enough in movies. The king of decline, Judd Nelson, stars as a psychotic murderer. All of Freud's theories are being swallowed, and Nelson is tasked with digesting them. Even if he doesn't quite succeed, he's at least onto something from time to time. The film is at its best when concentrating on being nothing but suspenseful. Like most TV-films from this era, this is a classically structured picture, but – like most TV-films from the era – it's also marred by being made with too little effort and an obvious haste, which is rarely a quality sign. The result is predictably mediocre, but at least the film's very existence indicates that there will be room for Judd Nelson in the business for quite some time still.
Copyright © 11.01.1998 F G Fevang