Tomcat: Dangerous Desires (1993) **
D: Paul Donovan
C: Richard Grieco, Maryam D'Abo, Natalie Radford, Serge Houde, Sean Orr, David McLeod, Ben Ratner
Plot Synopsis: Jacki, a scientist involved in genetic research, meets Tom, a dancer who is suffering from a degenerative nerve disease. Jacki experiments with Tom using genetic material taken from a cat to cure him, but the cure has side effects.
Review: Tomcat: Dangerous Desires tries to bring together a myriad of genres. We have the erotic film craze of the 90's. We have the scientific experiment gone awry genre. On the side, we have elements of thriller, horror & sci-fi.
The premise involves a scientist (Maryam D'Abo) who helps a terminally ill patient. After restoring the patient to health, she finds herself in a torrid affair with this patient. However, she realizes that her patient is becoming unhinged when it's revealed that she spliced him with cat DNA.
From there, Richard Grieco engages in torrid scenes of sexuality with both Maryam D'Abo & Natalie Radford. All three performers are certainly easy on the eyes and it doesn't hurt that they get naked! On the scientific end, the characters are donned in stylish costumes. The sets & decoration have a modernized feeling to them. There's a few compelling moments with D'Abo realizing that she wasn't meant to play God with human life.
In the thriller & horror genres, there's some exciting chase sequences set to up tempo music. During these chase sequences, they explore ideas of life & death. Something I quite didn't expect of movie with a title like Tomcat! The cinematography is also worth noting as the blue hues POP on screen and the film has a sleek look.
However, this is one of those cases of where the pieces are better then the whole. With a title like Tomcat: Dangerous Desires, most will dismiss it, saying that it's cheesy, but it's not. It's competently made and they take the material seriously. What ultimately trips up Tomcat is that it over extends itself. It takes on too many different genres and too many different plot lines.
As a result, no one element is given equal consideration with nothing coming together to form a cohesive whole. However, in this day & age, with films too often playing it safe, it's refreshing to see Tomcat swing for the fences even if it comes up short. [R] 96 minutes.
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