Picks and Pans Review: One Kill
CBS (Wed., Jan. 31, 9 p.m. ET)
Show of the week
A Marine captain, the divorced mother of two, kills the married major with whom she had an affair. She claims she shot in self-defense when he invaded her home, and the civilian authorities agree. But the military, protecting the deceased's heroic reputation, try her for murder.
Just another JAG episode? No, this is a TV movie with much more going for it. Shelley Evans's time-shifting script ("inspired by actual events," says the network) aims for psychological depth. Christopher Menaul (The Passion of Ayn Rand) directs with some style. And most important, costars Anne Heche and Sam Shepard make the officers' doomed relationship seem real—from his first blunt-but-disarming sexual overture to the downward spiral of deception, intimidation and violence. You'll share Heche's fear as Shepard—initially appealing in a laconic, combat-weary way—gradually shows himself to be haunted by his past and captive to his warrior impulses.
The courtroom part of the drama follows a too familiar pattern, as Heche continuously withholds information from her defense counsel (Eric Stoltz). But One Kill will hold you.
Bottom Line: High rank
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