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 Lonely Hearts is a remake of Leonard Kastle's 'Honeymoon Killers' and is based on the true story of Martha Beck and Raymond Martinez Fernandez, a murderous pair known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers" who lured their victims through the personals.


I watched this about a month ago and wasn't impressed but thought I'd give it a second viewing to see if I might change my mind. I didn't! Althought the cast is impressive; John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, Laura Dern and Scott Caan I just could not connect with this movie or any of the characters.


While it's not a completely horrible movie it just did not excite me or draw me in, instead I kept checking the time remaining to see how much longer I had to wait before I could put in a different movie. If anything it's worth a rental for there are a couple of good scenes but that was about it for me.

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.
 

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I watched the DVD today. I liked the movie. I thought they played out the story well. Although now that I've seen it, there's little or no repeat factor. The whole sub-plot with Travolta wasn't needed. He's almost as big as JG now.



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