Picks and Pans Review: The Wisdom of Crocodiles

updated 07/31/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/31/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Jude Law

Shot in late 1997, this British supernatural thriller is now being shown here because of Law, who became a star last year with his Oscar-nominated turn as Matt Damon's victim in The Talented Mr. Ripley. He's a kind of vampire—or, at least, a man whose biological abnormality requires occasional infusions of blood via another person's jugular. There's a lot of nonsense in the story, but Law, forced to choose between appetite and commitment after he falls in love, is excellent. His man-monster is a tragic bundle of contradictions: romantic, amoral, considerate, heroic, evil, overpowering, weak. The old Dracula didn't have anything much worse than sleep issues. (R)

Bottom Line: Talented Mr. Law

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