Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery (2018) is a English movie. Kevin Fair has directed this movie. Courtney Thorne-Smith,James Tupper,Adam DiMarco,Tess Atkins are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2018. Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery (2018) is considered one of the best Crime,Drama,Mystery movie in India and around the world.
Archaeologist Emma Fielding is hired to consult on the acquisition of a castle-like estate that local legend states is cursed. But she finds herself in the middle of a murder case after discovering the body of the archaeologist she was hired to shadow in a secret chamber in the bowels of the huge building. Assisted by her friend, FBI special agent Jim Conner, Fielding must sift through clues and a long list of suspects, each of whom has their own reason for wanting the man dead, to determine who is the killer.
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Sadly this is Courtney Thorne-Smith at her worst. Both in acting and appearance. First, she has had so much face work done, she hardly looks like herself anymore and has taken on a bizarre Klingon appearance. Then the acting and level of writing of this series is awful. Extremely SLOW MOVING plot, poorly delivered lines that seem to have been written by a sixth-grader, and little to no action. Watched the first fifteen minutes and couldn't take it anymore.
An eccentric millionaire dies and two years later his estate is still being appraised. One of the appraisers is Courtney Thorne-Smith archeologist who is doing her second Emma Fielding story Past Malice. The deceased has also amassed a lot of collectible antiques and he wasn't too discriminating about seeing what they might be worth. For example Professor Fielding has to tell his nephew that he does not have an original Mayflower Compact copy. None purportedly exists though if one were ever found I daresay it would be worth more than the rest of the estate combined. There's also a legendary curse on the family and the death of the family butler and keeper of all the secrets and an eccentric and iconoclastic archaeological colleague of Fielding's seems to lend credence. I can safely say that these people met their demises at the hands of a real criminal with a most earthly motive. Which Courtney Thorne-Smith and her companion FBI agent James Tupper do uncover. Emma Fielding is a nice entry in that collection of feminine detectives for the millenial generation that Hallmark has produced.
The film starts off with a man running for his life from a mansion. You would think he is being chased by a hound from hell. We then go forward two years. Archaeologist Professor Emma Fielding (Courtney Thorne-Smith) is helping out looking for missing artefacts beneath Chandler Castle which is rumoured to be cursed. Then a body is found in the crypts below. Emma investigates with FBI Agent Jim Conner. Emma is concerned that the police have charged the wrong person. There is not much tension here and it looks cheap. At times I thought the set looked like something from The Garage Sale Mystery. The acting is bland and I could not fathom why when confronting the killer, Emma Fielding is smiling like a buffoon.
The numerous plot problems and technical errors alone were so distracting I couldn't follow much of the story. emma fielding is a not very likeable know-it-all and her two grad students are just plot devices to make her character seem more important. the plot was formulaic and cliched. I will not watch nay other movies in this series, and can only hope the books are better.
Such bad acting and terrible dialogue. When one cop asks the coroner how he can be sure it was murder without an autopsy and the coroner says it was extremely likely given the stab wound to the back and there was no knife found... How could a police officer not see this? It was so frustrating that I put my foot through the telly and sent Courtney Thorne-Smith the bill.