Patience is a talented designer at Hedare Cosmetics, a company headed by the requisitely evil George and Laurel Hedares (played sharply by Lambert Wilson and Sharon Stone), both of whom have a number of wicked-good lines in a script otherwise lacking narrative drive. Laurel is a fading ex-supermodel and she's pissy about it. She has created an anti-aging cream that works--until you stop using it, at which point it leaves its victims deformed (a familiar element from the original "Batman"). Patience stumbles across the scheme and is murdered; then, a strange Egyptian cat revives her and she is imbued with extraordinary feline attributes executed by a terrible GGI version of her that is truly laughable.
Benjamin Bratt plays Tom Lone, a cop smitten by Patience but intrigued by the wickedly delicious Catwoman. Berry's Catwoman is in fact delicious as the feline anti-hero, though the catsuit she dons could use a revamp (the open-toed heels are just ridiculous), and her motivations need work. Overall, the performances of Berry and Stone are the only things one can sink their claws into here. Starring Halle Berry, Benjamin Bratt, Sharon Stone, Lambert Wilson, Frances Conroy and Alex Borstein. Directed by Pitof. Written by John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris and John Rogers. Produced by Denise D. Novi and Edward McDonnell. A Warner Bros. release. Action. Rated PG-13 for action violence and some sensuality. Running time: 104 min