Written in Blood
Facts and Figures
Run time: 102 mins
In Theaters: Sunday 5th July 1998
Production compaines: Cinetel Films
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
IMDB: 7.9 / 10
Written in Blood Movie Review
Peter Coyote is our hapless jailbird, a cop named John Traveller who's suspiciously jailed after murdering his wife and her lover. Or did he? Maybe he's taking the fall for someone else? No matter, there's another serial killer on the loose, and he's leaving clues behind, all references to Sherlock Holmes mysteries. That's right, we've got to deal with Sherlock Holmes as a plot device. This leaves troubled cop Matthew Ransom (Michael T. Weiss, the poor man's Andy Garcia) to try to figure out the case -- and Ransom seeks help from Traveller, a la Clarisse.
Uh oh -- things don't look too good when signs start to point toward Traveller's daughter Jude (Maureen Flannigan) as the culprit. It doesn't help that Ransom starts sleeping with her, too.
Wow. Written in Blood is alternately by-the-numbers and inanely stupid, full of rote dialogue and coincidental plot devices, bumbling police work, and evidence turning up at just the right moment to keep the absurd plot moving forward. Worse is that the conclusion is visible from miles away, and even though we have no doubt who the real killers are, it still doesn't make a lick of sense why all these people are getting killed. If real police departments were this messed up, we'd live in a state of total anarchy.