Picks and Pans Review: Murder in Paradise

updated 01/22/1990 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/22/1990 01:00AM

NBC (Fri., Jan. 19, 9 P.M. ET)

D+

Kevin Kilner does a fine job as an alcoholic beachcomber in Hawaii. It's not his fault that his character is all over the map. One minute he's happy-go-lucky, the next full of rage. First he's relaxed, then anguished; lethargic, then maniacal. The schizophrenia doesn't stop after he puts the cork in the bottle to work on a batch of murders that have the same grotesque MO as those of a serial killer who had earlier driven him from New York City.

First Kilner is full of steely resolve. Then he gets all squirrelly and starts drinking again. In the next scene, he's back to crisp and lucid.

As the psychologist working with the police on the case, Maggie Han gives a strong performance, one which may help restore her reputation after the debacle of Murphy's Law last year. But all the yo-yoing of the hero—and his implausible dalliance with Barbara Carrera as a witchy widow—keep the movie from ever getting any traction.

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