Detective DaVonzo and his young partner Elliott are putting together a murder mystery with the help of a jigsaw puzzle but will all the pieces be together in time to save DaVonzo's daughter?
A dedicated middle-aged cop must find the serial killer that preys on erotic models before his estranged daughter who's also in the photo shoot business becomes the killer's next victim.
I guess you could say that this 1989 crime/mystery/thriller may have been okay when it was first released but having just watched it some 28 years later the film looks pretty tired and the story line is awful thin.
Middle aged and divorced Detective Sergeant Joe DaVonzo played by Chad Everett who is the former TV star of the seven (7) year running drama show "Medical Center" was not exactly as appealing as lets say Clint Eastwood's performance as Detective Harry Callahan and I guess that is why there was no sequel to The Jigsaw Murders.
We observe that the middle aged and divorced Detective Sergeant Joe DaVonzo has a drinking problem and he also is an estranged father to a 20 something rebellious daughter named Kathy DaVonzo played by the attractive Michelle Johnson who may just happen to be an intended next target of the serial killer Detective Sergeant Joe DaVonzo is searching for if she does not start listening to her "drunken daddy" as Kathy describes her detective daddy's social position.
Of course Detective Sergeant Joe DaVonzo has a reliable partner and a good friend named Detective Elliot Greenfield played by Michael Sabatino who I thought would have been entrusted with a bigger role in the film but I guess the film's producer and director preferred to frame their picture around their TV star Chad Everett, and not necessarily allow Michael Sabatino to play Robin to Chad Everett's (somewhat drunken) Batman-like character.
All in all this film was an okay time waster but do not expect any surprises throughout the film and especially I for one did not consider The Jigsaw Murders to be in the film genre of a thriller.
I give it a 6 out of 10 rating for at least giving the story line a best effort attempt, but the film quality was dated and the actors themselves including a few cameo appearances by Yaphet Kotto as the quirky coroner Doctor Fillmore could not raise the film's bar for me any higher than a 6 out of 10 rating. The Jigsaw Murders (1989)
** (out of 4)
Detective DaVonzo (Chad Everett) is years past his prime and is suffering from an alcohol problem but he's put on the case of a woman whose body parts are being discovered throughout the city. He and his partner begin to investigate the case and it doesn't take long for them to zoom in on a local photographer.
THE JIGSAW MURDERS is one of those thrillers that probably got a limited theatrical release but the majority of the people saw it on video or perhaps late night cable. I say that because the film is pretty much a low-budget thriller that follows all the rules in the book in regards to how films like this play out. You've got the drunk cop. You've got him on his last case. There's a young partner. The cop's daughter just happens to be in the business that the killer is stalking.
In fact, I'd argue that a lot of this film seems to have been influenced by 10 TO MIDNIGHT but sadly this isn't nearly as great. The biggest problem with this movie is that it really doesn't try to do anything fresh or original and we're pretty much left with a film that doesn't have any thrills and in most ways is pretty forgettable. It's really too bad that there wasn't something more going on here but the film remains mildly entertaining if you've got nothing better to do.
I will say that I enjoyed the performance by Everett and thought he at least kept the film moving. Michelle Johnson plays the daughter and is at least easy to look at. Michael Sabatino and Yaphet Kotto are also good. With that being said, people really don't watch these types of movies for their performances. The film lacks any violence, there are only a couple death scenes and there's nothing sleazy either. THE JIGSAW MURDERS is a mild entertainment but that's it. 646f9e108c
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