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About the Movie
A stunning New York socialite and a down-to-earth city cop are caught in a deadly web of illicit passion and heart-stopping suspense in this taut, stylish thriller. Newly-appointed detective Mike Keegan (Tom Berenger, Platoon) finds his life turned upside down when he's assigned to protect Claire Gregory (Mimi Rogers), the beautiful eyewitness to a brutal murder. Lured into danger and the dizzying heights of Gregory's glamorous lifestyle, Keegan struggles to walk the line between protection and obsession while trying to stay one step ahead of the psychotic killer. Acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner), paints an erotically seductive portrait of high-stakes suspense in America's power playground in "Someone to Watch Over Me."
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 25
- Fresh: 19
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 5.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Howard Franklin's screenplay plays less like a feature film than like the pilot for a failed television series about New York policemen.
Fresh: A stylish and romantic police thriller which manages, through the sleek direction of Ridley Scott and persuasive ensemble performances, to triumph over several hard-to-swallow plot developments.
Fresh: Illogical, flawed or forced thrillers are all too common. Ones that knock your eyes out are rare.
Fresh: Even though the movie doesn't leave much of a residue, it looks terrific while you're watching it: Manhattan has seldom appeared as glitzy or as glamorous.
A must see Ridley Scott film!
This is one of Ridly Scott's first films and it really keeps you on the edge of your seat. Scott doesn't rely on any special effects just a great plot and thorough character development. Why not check out "Blade Runner" and make it a classic Ridley Scott classic double feature!
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SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME: Mike Keegan (Berenger) is one lucky New York cop: Not only is he promoted to detective, but he’s transferred to the upper East side of Manhattan, home of the rich and famous. His first assignment: baby-sitting/bodyguarding beautiful rich socialite Claire Gregory (Rogers), an eyewitness to a murder by mobster Joey Venza (Katsulas). Mike’s a borough kinda guy, however, and feels like a fish out of water in the skyscraper society Claire inhabits. Alone, however, the two get along fine. Too fine, which drives a wedge between Mike and his earthy wife Ellie (Bracco).
Meanwhile, Venza makes attempts on Claire’s life, scaring her in ways she’s unaccustomed to. A lonely woman in fear of her life; a knight in tarnished armor: Can romance be far behind? Will Mike’s personal involvement help him protect Claire, or will it complicate his professional duties? And while he’s protecting Claire all night, every night, who’s going to protect his own family from the psychopathic antics of Venza?
Discussion: The crime plot is suspenseful, but plays second fiddle to the romantic entanglements of Mike and his two women. He’s caught in the contrast between his no-nonsense wife and gritty life in Queens and the elegant, classy Uptown girl cloistered in an apartment that looks like a museum. Mike’s attraction to Claire is understandable: He’s drawn to her class, her calm, her beauty and intelligence—characteristics he realizes are missing at home. But what does she see in him? It’s more than just opposites attracting; we get the impression that she finds him a refreshing reality check. Both are fascinated by worlds which exist only inches away, but which neither can ever inhabit nor understand. And through it all runs director Scott’s superb eye for style, where every room becomes a luminous, smoky space and every shot a revealing photograph.
- Genre: Thriller
- Released: 1999
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