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7MATE, Fri­day, 9.30pm, AV15+ ( 1999)

De­scend­ing into his per­sonal nine cir­cles of hell, Ni­co­las Cage ( pic­tured) plays a pri­vate de­tec­tive who is hired by a wealthy el­derly woman to find the source of a de­cid­edly nasty snuff pornog­ra­phy film dis­cov­ered in her late hus­band’s safe. Cage takes to his per­for­mance with a ( mostly) straight bat, while the ever- ex­cel­lent Joaquin Phoenix puts in an edgy turn as the guid­ing porn store clerk. Di­rec­tor Joel Schu­macher re­turns to the moody hues of The Lost Boys in what, for the most part, is an en­gross­ing trawl through the nether re­gions of hu­man na­ture, but his ac­tion ten­den­cies let him down with an un­ful­fill­ing cli­max.

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