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Dead Easy
MTI // R // May 31, 2005
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Review by Carl Davis | posted July 22, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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First let me just say that I thought I was a huge Richard Grieco fan. I mean, how could you not love him on 21 Jump Street as Dennis Booker and then again in the show Booker reprising his role of Dennis Booker from 21 Jump Street. Too be honest, I wasn't really familiar with any of Richard's films after Tomcat: Dangerous Desire, oh, and when he played himself in A Night At The Roxbury. Still, I was excited to see Dead Easy just knowing he'd be in it.

In all fairness, Dead Easy isn't a bad movie, but it's certainly not good either. Grieco plays a successful advertising executive in South Africa (oh yeah, for some reason the film is set and was shot in South Africa). He's married to Theresa (Joanna Pacula), an attractive artist whom he suspects of having an affair. He himself is sleeping with a co-worker played by Thandi Puren who you're sure is going to get naked about three times in the film, but never pays off. Grieco and Puren decide to hire a "detective" to catch the wife in the act, but the man he hires offers up a bonus. If at any time he wants his wife killed, all he has to do is call a special number, oh, and fork over $250,000.

Presenting his wife with photos of her tryst, she counters with video of his own indiscretion and refuses to grant him a divorce. In a fit of rage he calls the number on the card and his wife disappears. Soon he finds out that the "detective" he hired is actually a notorious serial killer, who is holding his wife captive and plans to murder her. I can't really imagine why this is supposed to be any worse than if your wife was just killed by a regular hitman, I mean after all, dead is dead. Still, Grieco gets all bent out of shape over the situation and works with the police at arms length to hide his involvement.

There are a few twists and turns that anyone familiar with these types of films should know by heart. The biggest problem that I have with the film is that it just doesn't go far enough. Any movie about extramarital affairs, creepy detectives, sadistic serial killers and Richard Grieco needs to amp up the sleaze factor and just go for the throat. Instead there's only a single squirm inducing scene where Puren makes a money drop in the dressing room of a lingerie store and gets felt up when the killer retrieves the dough. I mean, come on, we're all adults and there's nothing like some sugar for our tea.

The DVD:

Picture: The film is in a 1.33:1 full screen presentation and looks like your typical late night cable offering, but with little of the sex that usually entails.

Audio: The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Track sounded fine.

Extras: There are no Extras on this DVD except for some cast bios and trailers.

Conclusion: Long story short, Richard Grieco fans may want to check out this mildly entertaining, but overall disappointing thriller starring their man. Everyone else should wait for the DVD release of Evil Breed: The Legend Of Samhain later this year, which not only stars Grieco, but also a slew of former adult stars including Jenna Jameson, Taylor Hayes, Chasey Lain and Ginger Lynn Allen, who I'm sure will have no problem whatsoever undressing for the camera. Skip It.

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