Lonely Hearts (2006, USA) C-107m. SCOPE ** D: Todd Robinson. Starring John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Jared Leto, Salma Hayek, Scott Caan, Laura Dern, Michael Gaston, Bruce MacVittie, Dan Byrd, Andrew Wheeler, Alice Krige. Fairly good version of the real Lonely Hearts case, about two low-lifes Hayek and Leto, who travel the country cheating widows out of their fortune and subsequently killing them. Police inspector Travolta is on the case. Thriller recreates the period of the 1940s quite well and has good performances, but adds pointless subplots, and the criminals lack the edge or insanity of those in earlier film versions. Maybe casting gorgeous Hayek as Martha Beck wasn't such a good idea. Filmed before as THE HONEYMOON KILLERS (1970), LONELY HEARTS (1991), and PROFUNDO CARMESI (1996).

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