#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In the late 1940’s, Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez were America’s notorious “Lonely Hearts Killers”. Their lethal scam was simple; they would swindle and then viciously murder lovelorn war widows who would answer their personal ads in which Ray would describe himself as a sexy Latin Lover. Ironically, Ray’s initial introduction to Martha was as a prospective mark. But when they met, it was love at first sight, perhaps as a result of their penchant for kinky sex and their mutual love for duplicity and easy money. With Martha posing as Ray’s sister, they bilked elderly spinsters and widows of their savings and then viciously murdered them in a bloodbath of sexual frenzy. When they were arrested, Martha and Ray confessed to 12 killings, although it is believed the actual number is closer to 20. At their sensational trial, Martha and Ray cooed, held hands and seemed as though they could not get enough of each other. Their plea of not guilty by reason of insanity was rejected, and on August 22, 1949, the homicidal lovers were sentenced to death. After numerous appeals, they were electrocuted on March 8, 1951, side-by-side in Sing Sing prison.
Plot: Based on a true story. . . . In the late 1940s, Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez were America’s notorious “Lonely Hearts Killers.” Their lethal scam was simple; they would swindle and then viciously murder lovelorn war widows who would answer their personal ads in which Ray would describe himself as a sexy Latin lover.
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Decent Film, Flawless Hayek
When a film features a cast with names like John Travolta, Laura Dern, Salma Hayek, & James Gandolfini you would expect it to be excellent wouldn’t you? Unfortunately, this is not the case with Todd Robinson’s, ‘Lonely Hearts’. While it is decent, it’s a shame to see so much potential wasted.
‘Lonely Hearts’ depicts the story of Martha Beck, played by Salma Hayek, and Raymond Fernandez, played by Jared Leto. The duo are more commonly known as the Lonely Hearts Killers. They travel across the country scheming widows and spinsters out of their money. Once the two have their grasp on the unsuspecting women’s fortune, they murder them and proceed onto the next target. As the duo start to become a bit sloppy on their route, detectives Robinson and Hildebrandt, played by Travolta and Gandolfini, begin to get closer to capturing them. As time passes it appears their killing spree just may be over.
The cast named here is really good, at least on paper. I don’t know what happened, but something went wrong here. There is absolutely no chemistry between Travolta and Dern. It’s almost like they hate each other. Nicole Kidman would have been much more fitting choice to play the role of Rene. Her candidness could have added just the right element needed to make the on screen relationship work. The best acting exhibited here though is by the beautiful Salma Hayek. She is flawless as she exudes complete acrimoniousness and madness in her role as Martha Beck. It’ll be no surprise to me if this time next year we hear her name among the buzz for an Oscar nod for best supporting actress.
In addition to the mismatch of Travolta and Dern, director and writer Robinson further screws up what could have been with a partly repulsive script. Most of Ganfolfini’s narratives are stagnant and repetitive. Of course, not much can be expected from Robinson taking into consideration his poor track record. Neither of his first two films, both documentaries, were successful.
Never fear, all is not lost. Where Robinson fails in his screenplay, he makes up for it with his lovely directing. I would even go as far to say it’s right on par with Alfonso Cuaron’s amazing achievement, ‘Children of Men’. So even despite it having a few weak points, I still recommend seeing ‘Lonely Hearts’ upon it’s release to theaters this March.
stellar cast trapped in film noir misfire
Based on the true story of a serial killer couple, Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, “Lonely Hearts” sometimes feels more like a parody of a 1940’s film noir drama than a film noir drama itself. This is particularly disappointing given the high-octane rating of its cast which includes John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Salma Hayek, Laura Dern and Jared Leto among others.
Travolta and Gandolfini play two homicide detectives hot on the trail of Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck (Leto and Hayek), two psychopaths who, posing as a lovesick Lothario and his spinster sister, bilk money out of lonely women who post pen pal want ads in papers around the nation. After one of the women turns up dead in her bathtub (seemingly a suicide), the two investigators discover that these individuals may have cut a much more impressive swath of death across the country than originally suspected.
Written and directed by Todd Robinson, “Lonely Hearts” is a second-rate detective drama that, at most, gives viewers the chance to watch a bunch of A-list level actors play dress-up for close to two hours. Everybody looks dashing in their fedoras and high heels, but beyond that there is little of substance here to engage either the interest or the imagination of the audience. The screenplay lines up the usual array of film noir stereotypes, including the brooding detective, the wisecracking cynic, the nettlesome jokester, the virtuous woman, the heartless female fatale, and the henpecked petty criminal. Moreover, the arch dialogue and over-earnest acting on the part of Travolta and Gandolfini add to the decidedly faux-noir feeling.
The relationship between the psychopathic lovebirds is so much more complex and intriguing than anything else in the movie that every time we cut to the investigation (which takes up a goodly portion of the film) the story pretty much stops dead in its tracks. However, the killers leave so many clues and dead bodies in their wake that it’s amazing it takes the authorities as long as it does to finally track them down.
There’s admittedly a certain poignancy that creeps into the closing stretches of the story, but it really isn’t enough to rescue the fine actors or the movie itself from the overall taint of mediocrity.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 48 min (108 min)
Genre Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Director Todd Robinson
Writer Todd Robinson
Actors John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Jared Leto, Salma Hayek
Country Germany, USA
Awards 1 nomination.
Production Company Emmett/Furla Films
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA
Film Length 3,006 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 250D 5205)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)