Bare Witness Release Date: 17 April 2002 (USA) Genre: Thriller Director(s): Kelley Cauthen (Embrace the Darkness, Indecent Behavior 3) Writer(s): Anthony L. Greene (Dead Sexy) & Evan Spiliotopoulos (Art Heist) Starring: Daniel Baldwin, Angie Everhart and Catalina Martone Perfectly generic and well-executed semi-erotic thriller is no doubt one of veteran sleaze producers MRG Entertainment’s biggest […]

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Bare Witness
Release Date: 17 April 2002 (USA)
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Kelley Cauthen (Embrace the Darkness, Indecent Behavior 3)
Writer(s): Anthony L. Greene (Dead Sexy) & Evan Spiliotopoulos (Art Heist)
Starring: Daniel Baldwin, Angie Everhart and Catalina Martone

Perfectly generic and well-executed semi-erotic thriller is no doubt one of veteran sleaze producers MRG Entertainment’s biggest budgeted efforts. That’s not to say Bare Witness is a full of car chases, explosions and gunplay, though. Rather, it’s the same kind of film I’ve become accustomed to (Political corruption + T & A = Success), just with b-stars Angie Everhart and Daniel Baldwin, who both took executive producer credits likely to get in on the backend profits.

Complaints about Bare Witness usually center around the fact that it uses nothing but clichés on its way to a clichéd ending. As I’ve said in the past, it’s not clichés that make a movie bad. Instead it’s badly used clichés that destroy otherwise enjoyable b-films. Bare Witness, at least to me, doesn’t do that.

Everything you’d expect is present. When a call girl is shot and killed, the boss decides to give renegade detective Killian (Baldwin) one more chance. Formerly on deskwork for, and I quote, “punching the mayor,” Killian and his partner are eager to solve the case. Well, scratch the new partner, because he just up and disappears after a few scenes. Killian meets up with the call girl’s roommate, former stripper/porn star Carly Marsh (Everhart), who now works as bartender for the man who used to pimp her out. Marsh and Killian must band together to solve the case, not to mention having themselves the expected sex, as thugs want Marsh dead for what she may know.

That knowledge is held in a video that the call girl made with the last man she had sex with. After the deed had come to completion, she was rushed out of the hotel room without being able to grab the camera that she used to tape her escapades. As a result she picked up footage of an important businessman hiring a hitman to kill a woman running for mayor. Yikes.

There’s usually no way that political assassination and call girl murder would intersect, but if anyone can do it, it’s MRG. They’ve made countless films with similar plotlines, so they have every formula in the book down pat. The acting isn’t terrible either for a film of its kind, with Baldwin giving his usual acceptable performance.
It suffers from the same problems as many softcore thrillers, with inconceivable plot twists, lame deaths, and random characters, but it’s not too bad. The shocking twist at the end isn’t too bad either.

DVD: Barebones.

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