In this psychological thriller, detective Jessica Shepherd (Ashley Judd) has a keen eye for crime scenes but is plagued by a dark and violent family history. In the past, Shepherd’s father was a police officer who went on a serial-killing spree before murdering his wife and committing suicide. In the wake of that tragic event, police commissioner John Mills (Samuel L. Jackson), her father’s former partner, raised and mentored Jessica. Now on her first homicide case with her new partner, Mike Delmarco (Andy Garcia), Shepherd investigates another serial murderer. To her dismay, she discovers that each victim is one of her former lovers and that she is the chief suspect. While unraveling the mystery, Shepherd experiences blackouts and teeters on the verge of insanity, fearing the murderer’s obsession with her while wondering if she might have committed the crimes herself.
This film is indeed Twisted. From its earliest scenes, the movie conveys a dark and sinister feeling. It deals with deep psychological trauma and portrays great expressions of human evil in the brutality of murder. Graphic violence and gory images of dead bodies, combined with extramarital sexuality, brief nudity and offensive language, easily disqualify this film from getting awarded the Dove Seal.