I'm a little confused by this movie. When a team of producer, writer, and director manage to cast basically who's who in Hollywood (Morgan Freeman, John Travolta, Brendan Fraser, Robert Patrick, etc.) for a movie that is based on a timeless concept (neo-noir) that does not rely on modern gimmicks (1970s-1980s), the results should be really, really good. Yet, the star-studded cast approached this project with all the enthusiasm of a pious monk in a brothel. Morgan Freeman, throughout the movie, was mostly disinterested and delivered his lines as though he read them off of a teleprompter. John Travolta appeared to use this movie as a practice run for his faux-Texas accent. It's actually a shame that Brendan Fraser wasn't given more screen time. Every time his character appeared on the screen, even his flatulence appeared to be totally in-character as he delivered his lines with gusto.
The plot itself is pretty predictable. The atmosphere does a somewhat passable job at neo-noir. The set is convincingly 70s-80s Texas. The biggest problem, again, has to do with the acting. Everybody is trying their best at their Texas accent. Well, except for Morgan Freeman. He didn't even bother to try to have a southern accent of any kind (as I said, listless performance). John Travolta's daughter was also given a few lines in the movie and she was surprisingly competent at delivering them with an okay Texas accent (I grew up in Texas). There were some interesting juxtaposition of imagery, such as bright fire in a movie otherwise overcast with mostly dark hues.
Overall, Poison Rose is a decent movie to drone in the background. It's by no means a good movie despite the star-studded cast. In fact, it's almost a shame that the directors didn't go for a B-movie feel, because the ridiculously predictable story and the unintentionally comical acting had all the setup of a would-be Ed Wood film. This could've been one of the cult classic B-movies. Instead, it's just a mediocre cash grab by the actors. 3 stars because it's still Morgan Freeman, John Travolta, Brendan Fraser, and Robert Patrick.