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Twisted

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Twisted

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Australian actor Bryan Brown hosts, co-produces, and stars in Twisted, a collection of four tales of mystery, horror, and suspense that originated as episodes of an Australian TV series called Twisted Tales. Appropriately enough, Twisted features several of the country's biggest stars: Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush, already well on his way to obscurity, stars in the first episode as a selfish businessman whose life is changed when he meets a mysterious collector. Brown and his real-life wife Rachel Ward star in separate segments as an overbearing confidence man and a beautiful woman on a blind date, respectively. The last segment concerns an android who has been programmed to kill, and who learns a painful lesson about her creation. Brown would seem to be a peculiar choice to host a science-fiction/horror anthology series; he is, after all, just a journeyman actor with a decidedly unspooky presence. But his appearance as host—Paul Hogan must have been busy—fits perfectly with the four perfunctory, routine stories that follow. There doesn't even seem to be any coherent theme unifying the segments beyond the fact that none would pass muster as episodes of Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock Presents. If anything, anthologies like Twisted reinforce appreciation of The Twilight Zone's ability to sustain a discernible moral philosophy while telling a different, unrelated story each week. But then, Twisted doesn't just fail because there's no underlying theme behind it. It fails because it's a terrible, terrible collection.

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