Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder (2008) Lea Thompson, Joe Penny, William R. Moses, Jessy Schram, Zack Shada Movie Review

Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder (2008)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Joe Penny in Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder (2008)

The Jane Doe Affair

A rare and extremely valuable painting by artist Vermeer is stolen from an L.A. gallery leading to Frank Darnell (Joe Penny) being called in to head up the investigation who immediately calls in Jane (Lea Thompson) to help crack the case. But Jane is not the only woman involved in this case as Frank finds himself having to deal with Agnes Dart (Elaine Hendrix), a beautiful insurance investigator who he becomes smitten with. With evidence pointing to a secret gang of Nazi fanatics things get extremely dangerous for both Jane and Frank.

If this writing reviews gig doesn't work out I reckon I could have a shot at directing in the world of made for TV movies. I say that because as I watched "Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder" I found myself pre-empting everything from when Lea Thompson would deliver hair flicks to when moments of danger would appear. Although having said that maybe my ability to predict what was going to happen in "Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder" is more to do with my familiarity with both this series of movies as well as made for TV mystery movies in general.

Now for some the familiarity of "Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder" would be a negative but in truth it is what the series is built on. It means that the focus isn't so much on solving the case, typically there are gaps in logic and some fantasy elements to it all, but instead the focus is more on the characters and the friendly working relationship of Jane and Frank. Plus there is the added element this time of Frank finding himself being seduced by the attractive Agnes which is kind of entertaining although will possibly remind some of other movies.

What this all boils down to is that you can sum up "Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder" as saying it is just another solid episode in the "Jane Doe" series of movies. It has that 90% familiarity which keeps fans coming back and then the 10% variation which keeps it interesting, in this case it is Frank getting his head turned more than anything else.