Martin has a Mystery Man

Kellie Martin in Live Once, Die Twice (2006)

Nicole Lauker (Kellie Martin) is woken from her sleep by a knock at the door where she is greeted by the local policeman who informs her that the fishing boat her husband was on has exploded and it looks like he died with his friend. But things are not as simple as they appear when Nicole finds herself being questioned by the FBI as they not only suspect her husband Evan (Martin Cummins) to be involved in drug trafficking but believe he has faked his own death. But as Nicole starts to find out things about her husband she never knew she finds herself kidnapped and given a week to either find her husband or come up with the money from her husband's shady deals involving stolen platinum.

I know I have said this before but when it comes to "Live Once, Die Twice" the producers and director owe thanks to Kellie Martin as it is a combination of her likeability as well as her skills as an actress which makes this movie watchable. But even though Martin brings her skills to the movie it is in truth an incredibly ordinary made for TV thriller which actually feels quite similar to one of her "Mystery Woman" movies but with Martin's character being directly involved in the mystery rather than being a crime solving bookshop owner. Part of the reason for this is down to the character of Nicole having a friend not too dissimilar to the character Nina Siemaszko plays in the "Mystery Woman" series of movies.

Cindy Sampson in Live Once, Die Twice (2006)

Anyway, when you look beyond what Kellie Martin brings to "Live Once, Die Twice" the rest of the movie is pretty typical with Nicole being one of those women who finds herself in danger trying to find out what her husband was really up to whilst also discovering he led a double life with a second wife and so on. Truth be told I can't be bothered to go in to detail as it doesn't stray from the path other TV movies have trodden and the details are not that interesting anyway. Let me put "Live Once, Die Twice" in to context as this is also one of those TV movies which attempts to tease with staged erotica and flesh on show but with no actual nudity.

What this all boils down to is that "Live Once, Die Twice" is just another typical made for TV movie where a woman turns crime solver, in this case dealing with the husband who faked his own death. If it wasn't for Kellie Martin this would have ended up below average but what Kellie Martin brings to the movie keeps it watchable.

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