Murder 101 Film Details
Overview: After writing/publishing a book about a real murder trial, Charles returns to his college to teach creative writing – art of the thriller. 1st essay assigned: plan a perfect murder. Later someone uses it for murder.
Review: ***SPOILERS*** Gem of a whodunit that will keep you guessing right up to the closing credits and even then make you wonder just how those making the film “Murder 101” came up with it. Creative writing professor Charlie Lattimor, Pierce Brosnan, has been writing both fiction and true life crime stories where he’s now one of the most read and celebrated crime novelists in the country. It turns out that a book Charlie just had published about a good friend of his Tim Ryder, J. Kenneth Campbell, whom he with the evidence he unearthed for the police help convict of his wife’s Mrs. Anne Ryders, Terry Markwell, murder would later in the film come back to haunt him. With Ryder put away for life and Charlie’s book about his crime hitting the top of the best sellers list things couldn’t be better for Charlie but due to circumstances beyond his control they aren’t with his estranged wife Laura, Dey Young. Laura is engaged to the pompous and sneering Harry Potter, Mark L. Taylor, who besides being a big pain in the behind to Charlie is now his boss at Hempstead Collage as it’s head of its English Department. It’s there where Harry ins in the perfect to make Charlie’s life miserable. The very handsome and witty Charlie is also not immune to the romantic feeling and fantasies that some of his young attractive and sexually active female students have for him, which he can hardly resist. One of those students is Francesca Lavin,Kim Thompson, who’s really got the hots for Charlie and doesn’t mind, in fact she wants, the entire town to know about it even his wife and soon to be husband the obnoxious and snooty Harry Potter. All these what seems like unrelated items soon fall into place when Charlie decides to have his students write an essay on pulling off the perfect crime. One of Charlie’s students the nerdy Robert Miner, Raphael Sbarge, decides in his work assignment that the now convicted Tim Ryder was the victim of one; a perfect crime that he was framed by the person who committed it to take the blame for. Charlie not finding Robert’s accusations of him being part of Tim Ryders frame-up funny at all tries to disprove his absurd theory. As hard as Charlie does in trying to disprove it that fact that Ryder was set-up and framed for his wife’s murder it becomes more and more evident with Charlie ending up in the same boat later in the movie; a pasty for a murder that he didn’t commit but can’t prove that he didn’t. The movie, or Mrs. Ryders real killer, slowly sets Charlie up for the kill by having him spend the evening with hot to trot Francesc who’s maneuvered, without her or Charlie knowing, into not only having an affair with him but being strangled in the same motel-room that she and Charlie are spending the night together! With Hampstead police chief and good friend Mike Dowling, Antoni Corone, having no choice but to arrest Charlie for Francesc’s murder Charlie becomes a fugitive from the law having his wife hide him out until he can find out who set him up. Still the biggest surprise is yet to come when the man who Charlie feels curtain was the one who murdered Francesc and framed him for it turns out the be the killers next victim with, as you would expect, Charlie also being the prime murder suspect. The film leads up to where we find out just who the killer of both Mrs. Ryder and Francese as well as another person, that shall remain nameless, really is. The biggest and most unexpected surprise in the film is that the whole string of events,and murders, were skillfully and unknowingly planned far in advance with everyone, but those of us watching the movie, somewhat subconsciously knowing just what the outcome would be! That more then anything else is what makes “Murder 101” the real shocker that it eventually turned out to be. P.S There was one glaring inconsistency in the movie that almost ruined it for me and that was when Charlie was on the run from the police he found time to visit the convicted Tim Ryder in prison! This without the prison administrators guards and not to mention the local police not as much as having a clue that Charlie was at the time a fugitive from justice!
Duration: 100 min
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Also known as: Murder 101,Compito in classe: un delitto perfetto,Crime mais que perfeito,Азы убийства,Meurtre au 101,Mord 101 – Ein Fall für Professor Lattimore,Asesinato,Murder 101 – Nella rete del killer,Mord 101,Kolejne morderstwo,101-es gyilkosság,Основи на убийството,Το τέλειο έγκλημα,Meurtre en trois leçons,Murha 101,Assassinatos por Escrito