‘Brazen‘ is a murder mystery film directed by Monika Mitchell and written by David Golden. It was made by Mandalay Pictures and had its release on Netflix.
Grace (Alyssa Milano) is a crime novelist who also moonlights as a consultant for the police. She gets called by her sister Kathleen (Emilie Ullerup), a recovering drug addict who wants to divorce her husband and get full custody of their child. Grace agrees to help her and goes on a date with her neighbor Washington DC Police Detective Ed (Sam Page). When returns home, she finds her sister murdered. At first, she suspects her sister’s estranged husband, but the police have their doubts when they discover her sister had a double life as a cam-girl and other girls are targeted. Convincing Police Captain Rivera (Alison Araya) to let her consult, she tags along with Ed and his partner Ben (Malachi Weir) to learn the truth.
Supposedly, the movie is based on the novel Brazen Virtue by author Nora Roberts. I have not read the novel, so I cannot compare it in that way. That being said, there was some controversy over Milano being cast as the lead role as fans wanted someone else to portray Grace. Roberts pushed back and insisted Milano was right for the role. As these stories so often go, she should have listened to the fans.
This movie is boring. The problem lies with its protagonist. She has no charisma and every emotion seems faked. For instance, when she finds her sister dead, it comes off as more of a fit than mourning for her sister. She is needlessly intrusive to the investigation and the movie tries to paint as a “girl power” thing, but honestly, it comes as annoying and you wonder why she does not just let the police do their work. It almost felt like Alyssa Milano forgot how to act.
The movie’s pace also feels like it was edited by an amateur. There is no flow and it feels a little jumbled. This does not bode well for the mystery and it made feel very bland, even with the e-girl angle. There was just nothing interesting about it.
Bottom line, Brazen is a boring film that has a lackluster protagonist and not one iota of thrills for the overall murder mystery. Just skip it and count your blessing as you will find more interest in a true crime documentary,
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Sexual content, Foul language, Violence
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