Slow Burn (2005 film)
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|Directed by||Wayne Beach|
|Produced by||Stephen Break|
|Written by||Wayne Beach
LL Cool J
|Music by||Jeff Rona|
|Edited by||Kristina Boden|
|Distributed by||DEJ Productions
GreeneStreet Films International
Lions Gate Entertainment
|Running time||93 minutes|
|Box office||$1,797,256 |
Slow Burn is an American drama thriller film starring Ray Liotta, Jolene Blalock and LL Cool J, which is notable for the extended period between production and eventual release. A crime drama, the film was produced in 2003, was finally given a showing at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, and finally got a proper theatrical release in 2007.
The movie begins with Nora Timmer (Jolene Blalock), a semi African American woman, being questioned by Ford Cole (Ray Liotta), the District Attorney. Nora, who also happens to be the Assistant District Attorney, claims to have been raped by Issac Duparde (Mekhi Phifer), prior to shooting him in the head in self defense. Ty Trippin (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a journalist interviews Ford in his car; Ford anticipating both his first and second questions, surprises Ty by stating them to him before he asks Ford himself. Nora narrates her version of the story to Ford, meeting Issac at a music store, where he came on to her, asking to give her a ride on the rainy night they had first met about a week ago. Nora politely rebuffs his advances, but is left with no other option then to accept his ride in his car, when left stranded in the rain with no cab to respond to her calls. Issac locks the door to his car when Nora tries to leave his vehicle upon reaching her home, only to give her a music cassette as a compliment. Nora tells Ford that Issac waited for her in her house one night, and grabbed her from behind, and he raped her.
The plot thickens when Luther Pinks (LL Cool J), claiming to be associate of the deceased Issac, shows up to meet Ford and narrates his version of the story to Ford, stating that Issac's death was not manslaughter, but murder. He states that Nora had seduced Issac into falling in love with her, and ultimately becoming obsessed with her. He tells Ford about a 'violet flower' tattoo on Nora's backside to support his claims. Ford initially believes him, as he himself had seen it, making it evident that Nora had two lovers.
- Ray Liotta as Ford Cole
- Jolene Blalock as Nora Timmer
- LL Cool J as Luther Pinks
- Mekhi Phifer as Isaac Duperde
- Taye Diggs as Jeffrey Sykes
- Bruce McGill as Godfrey
- Chiwetel Ejiofor as Ty Trippin
- Guy Torry as Chet Price
It was released in American theaters on April 13, 2007, but performed poorly. It had an opening weekend of $778,123 in ticket sales and closed in just 2 weeks with a domestic total of $1,237,615 and $559,641 from foreign markets for a worldwide total of $1,797,256. The DVD was released in North America on July 24, 2007 and sold 44,720 units in the opening weekend, translating to revenue of $893,953. This does not include Blu-ray/DVD sales rentals and sales tracking does not extend beyond the first week.
The film has themes of inter-racial dating, "passing" or pretending to be a member of another race, stereotypes included, and using a rape defense to the accusation of murder.
Slow Burn received negative reviews from critics, as the film holds a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 33 reviews.