May 25, 1993 -- ``Sliver'' is a slick and sexy film mystery along the lines of ``Basic Instinct,'' starring Sharon Stone, William Baldwin and Tom Berenger.
The story is fairly straightforward murder mystery with a heavy emphasis on voyeurism. There are enough false leads to keep you guessing until the end of the film about the identity of the killer, even though there are only two suspects.
The big problem with the film is that it provides no depth at all for any character and none of the characters are particularly likable. So who do we root for? It really doesn't matter at all.
While the production values are high, editing, camerawork, music and set design, and the acting is good, the film is short on basic substance. The final scene, however, does deliver some emotional satisfaction.
While there are some steamy sex scenes in the film, it is milder than ``Basic Instinct,'' and positively mild next to ``The Lover,'' a French film from the recently concluded spring film orgy at the Wyo Theatre, but of course those are two of the more sexy non-x-rated films in recent years.
This film rates a C.
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