Picks and Pans Review: Perfect Crime
USA (Wed., July 9, 9 p.m. ET)
Based on an unusual true story—what USA calls "the first federal murder conviction in America without a body, a murder weapon or a confession"—this TV movie is still all too routine. The victim (Jasmine Guy), a black Marine captain, disappeared in 1989. The killer was her estranged husband (Nick Searcy), a white, alcoholic ex-Marine. The film attributes his conviction mainly to the tenacity of a civilian Naval Criminal Investigation Service detective (ex-Silk Stalkings cop Mitzi Rapture).
Perfect Crime is filled with flashbacks, but we never get a coherent sense of the couple's complicated relationship. What might have been a provocative study of race, sex and the Corps becomes your basic cop-on-a-mission exercise.
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