E. Elias Merhige
A huge portion of people’s enjoyment for this movie will rely on how easily they can buy into (or just accept) the idea of “remote viewing”, a psychic technique that was apparently used in real life. If you are immediately put off by the idea, then you will most likely hate this film. I, for one, didn’t find it believable, but was still able to just go along with it in order to enjoy what I could of the movie. The stuff I did enjoy mostly involved Kingsley and the slick directing, as well as the very promising opening scene. The stuff I didn’t enjoy was the basic characters, shaky camerawork, under-whelming ending, and non-thrilling filmmaking. When I say non-thrilling, I’m referring to the fact that I was never on the edge of my seat, nor was I scared or freaked out. I felt like I was watching a horror-esque drama... with gore. I’m not saying that the movie tried to be scary, which I don’t think it did (or at least I hope it didn’t), but I’m just warning not to expect anything frightening. I can imagine many people deeply enjoying this film, but I can’t say I was one of them. What I can say though is that is that there’s enough original stuff in SUSPECT ZERO (that is, alongside the basic stuff) to warrant fans of serial killer flicks to at least rent it.
Commentary (with director E. Elias Merhige): Aside from moments of simply explaining what’s going on, this was a great listen. I started to appreciate the movie a lot more after hearing this man speak. I think we can expect some great things to come from Merhige.
What We See When We Close Our Eyes (30:56): A four-part featurette that is decent, but also acts as a movie “clip-show”, meaning it constantly shows parts of the film (I hate it when they do that). It consists of interviews mostly, and also explains “remote viewing” to a much deeper extent, which I’m sure many people feel the need for having.
Remote Viewing Demonstration (10:39): This is sort of cool, but I still don’t buy it. We see Merhige (the director) be set-up to try “remote viewing” himself. It feels like they find ways to make him even more right than he is about what he “sees”. Alternate Ending (0:59 – with optional commentary by Merhige): A short clip that would have played after the original ending if left in. It shows a darker ending, and I agree with Merhige’s decision to cut it. Still neat though.
We also get the Internet Trailer for the film, as well as four Previews.