Review Date: June 03, 2008
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Writer: Robert Fyvolent, Mark Brinker, Allison Burnett
Producers: Andy Cohen, Hawk Koch, Gary Lucchesi...
Diane Lane as Jennifer
Colin Hanks as Griffin
Billy Burke as Eric
For me, as soon as they presented this nutjob, I was bored and “out of the movie”, as I’m just sick of one-dimensional crazies anchoring films like this. Diane Lane was good, but she looked ragged and old. I assume this was for her “character” in the movie, as she’s still one damn hottie in real life. The rest of the cast was passable, but nobody really stood out, other than the killer, who played his part really well, but again…was pretty one-dimensional. And as if I needed any more reason to hate the killer in this movie, he seems to have the step up on every single person in the world in this film (mostly the very incompetent FBI, who can’t even not find the guy, but end up having two of their own case-agents kidnapped by the punk…wow!!), but he’s one of those crazies who (and this is an analogy, so that I don’t ruin it for anyone) apparently “hates loud music”, so instead of focusing on how to reduce the volume of the music in the world or help others understand that the music is too loud, he decides to turn the music up even louder, just to show people what he believes to be the problem in our “society”. Gimme a fuckin’ break, douchebag! And if anyone can explain to me how he was able to plan/coordinate his “final torture session” in of all places, the basement in which it took place…I’ll send you a 5-dollar bill from my very own wallet.
“Stupid genius killer” aside, the film also attempts to toss a couple of “points” about society in there, which are about as subtle as a kick in the groin, closing with an existential final shot in which we, the audience, appear to be a part of the problem? But then the filmmakers would also be a part of the problem, no…since they created a film touting this shite? Bugh. All in all, I can’t say that this film wouldn’t entertain some, especially on home-video, as the visuals, pacing and moments of suspense, do work on some levels, but in the end, it’s really all about a “crazy guy” who seems to be smarter than everyone else in the world, and with the mystery of the killer’s ID resolved halfway through the film, there isn’t really much else that made it very engaging for me to watch. Also, maybe I’m naïve but would people REALLY visit a website knowing that their “hits” would help in killing another human being? Maybe I’m not cynical enough for this world, but I certainly wouldn’t.