This made-for-TV-style movie is neither as sexy nor as scary as it hopes to be, and it takes itself too seriously to provide campy fun. Brazen is set up as a vehicle for star Alyssa Milano, but she isn't entirely believable as a best-selling author and crime-cracker grieving her sister's death. You just know from the opening scene she's going to end up playing the dominatrix before the end credits roll (the action builds toward this). The film suffers from unnatural dialogues, overly-deliberate reactions, abrupt musical interludes, and a tale that boils down to a suspect with mommy issues. Other elements with potential are left underdeveloped, like the DC political players, the bitter ex-husband, and even the central love story.
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