Directed by Todd Robinson
Starring: John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Jared Leto, Salma Hayek
Lonely Hearts is the 2006 film written and directed by Todd Robinson. The film stars John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Jared Leto, and Salma Hayek. The film is based on the true story of the “Lonely Hearts Killers” Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck.
Ray Fernandez (Leto) and Martha (Hayek) are con artists who prey on lonely women with money. Their crimes escalate to murder as they travel the country looking for new marks. Detective Elmer Robinson (Travolta) and his partner Charles Hilderbrandt (Gandolfini) are on their trail. Without a suspect or a lead they investigate a rising number of missing single women. The women all shared two things in common, they had money and were single. As the murderous couple continue their spree they’re forced to stay one step ahead of the law. As they seek out new lonely hearts their own relationship becomes a factor in this dramatic story.
This is a dark crime drama which has a Romeo and Juliet feel to it. Leto and Hayek make the tortured and troubled relationship between their characters work wonderfully. The chemistry works on every level including the needed sexual tension between them as he has to romance other women.
John Travolta and James Gandolfini also work well together throughout the film. They avoid becoming a stereotypical partnership throughout the film. Despite the troubled nature of Travolta’s character it doesn’t rule the partnership or the film.
As a whole this is a great crime drama with a graphic setting and a compelling story. It’s not the best of its genre but it was worth the time and enjoyable throughout. I rate this at 3.5 out of 5 stars. If you’re not comfortable with graphic violence this might not be one for you.