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Review: Mr. Brooks

Mr. Brooks
0 10

Mr. Brooks is a successful, devoted husband and loving father, basically a complete package from most women’s perspective. The one thing that ruins this picture perfect man is that he has an alter ego who just happens to be...a serial killer known as the Thumbprint Killer! One night, while trying to suppress his urge to kill again, he becomes sloppy with a victim and as a result, an amateur photographer catches him in the act and blackmails him with a bizarre demand. During all this, a hot shot sexy detective has been following the Thumbprint Killer case and is closing in on our Mr. Brooks.

I really enjoyed this movie! It was a good, dark psychological thriller and a great character piece. The storyline draws you into the character and you find yourself "liking" Mr. Brooks more and more despite the fact that he's the villain. It was an interesting and a refreshing take on serial killers compared to what we're used to seeing. I loved how they played out Brooks' alter ego with another character and the fact that they weren't trying to hide it. You knew what was going on in his head. The scenes with his alter ego were probably some of the best scenes in the film.

I'm going to have to say this was one of Kevin Costner's best performances as well. He was creepy and believable as Mr. Brooks. In fact, I think I prefer Costner in roles where he plays the bad guy. He just comes off more natural, maybe it's because he doesn't look like a bad guy and that's what makes his villain characters more engaging.

William Hurt plays Marshall and this guy is just awesome! His scenes with Costner are totally memorable. I loved it when they laughed together, it was entertainingly creepy. As for Dane Cook, I can't put my finger on why exactly, but I'm pretty sure I don't like him...he just rubs me the wrong way. That said, he was just "alright" playing the photographer. Finally, Mrs. Ashton Kutcher (Demi Moore) as the detective on Brooks' trail was surprisingly good. She looked good, was serious and her scenes felt like I was watching an episode of "Law & Order" and I mean that as a compliment.

Director Bruce Evans also did a great job of developing his characters and creating some very eerie moments with his scenes. His pacing was great and he created this world of good and evil with his character...kind of like a modern day version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This is certainly a huge jump from Evans' last flick...KUFFS with Christian Slater! I'm now actually looking forward to his future projects.

All in all, I totally dug this movie. It was entertaining and I loved the ending (I hear they might make some sequels and if so, I'm there!). The best way to describe this film is that it's like THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR except the main guy isn't a thief, he's a serial killer. Definitely worth checking out on the big screen!

300 (10/10)
Blades of Glory (8/10)
Black Snake Moan (8/10)
Catch and Release (5/10)
Deja Vu (6/10)
Eragon (4/10)
Factory Girl (7/10)
Grindhouse (9/10)
Premonition (3/10)
Reign Over Me (8/10)
Shooter (6/10)
The Astronaut Farmer (8/10)
Norbit (6/10)
The Departed (9/10)
The Lookout (7/10)
TMNT (8/10)
Wild Hogs (5/10)
Zodiac (7/10)

-- by Tim Goernert




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