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Old 10-22-2018, 01:25 PM
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Taking Lives (2004)
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An FBI agent (Angelina Jolie) in Canada helps local police find a serial killer who takes on the identity of those he kills.

The film seems an attempt to copy the film Se7en, right from the start with opening sequence being a collage of crime photos and serial killer segments with some Trent Reznor-ish music. And it goes on from there. However it's a poor copy.

The main problem is the main character, played by Jolie, plays with her cards too close to her chest, and despite the excellent efforts of Ethan Hawke, who plays the killer's next interest, the audience isn't able to bond with the shallow and cliche characters. The film also seems to have trouble grafting the mother of the killer into the film, a facet that tends confuse more than enlighten.

For fans of the thriller genre, it's competently made, and works a bit more as a mystery, as it lacks suspense and has no horror; but be ready for a quite ridiculous ending.
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Old 10-23-2018, 01:27 AM
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Old 10-23-2018, 01:51 AM
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Taking Lives (2004)
5/10

An FBI agent (Angelina Jolie) in Canada helps local police find a serial killer who takes on the identity of those he kills.

The film seems an attempt to copy the film Se7en, right from the start with opening sequence being a collage of crime photos and serial killer segments with some Trent Reznor-ish music. And it goes on from there. However it's a poor copy.

The main problem is the main character, played by Jolie, plays with her cards too close to her chest, and despite the excellent efforts of Ethan Hawke, who plays the killer's next interest, the audience isn't able to bond with the shallow and cliche characters. The film also seems to have trouble grafting the mother of the killer into the film, a facet that tends confuse more than enlighten.

For fans of the thriller genre, it's competently made, and works a bit more as a mystery, as it lacks suspense and has no horror; but be ready for a quite ridiculous ending.
She was in a way better movie similar in tone "The Bone Collector".
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Old 10-23-2018, 01:03 PM
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She was in a way better movie similar in tone "The Bone Collector".
Ah, I actually never saw that one either. Denzel Washington can't walk. I was thinking of Kiss the Girls, which was decent, but that's Ashley Judd. Jolie and Judd are kind of similar, aren't they? Kind of strange too, RT critic gives Bone Collector 29% but IMDB gives a decent 6.7/10 rating.

I think some of the best thrillers since 1990 besides Lambs and Se7en were Fracture, The Prestige and Insomnia. What do you think? Other better than average ones were Frailty, Red Dragon, The Cell. But there's a ton I'm sure I haven't seen. And some great not-at-all-horror thrillers were Michael Clayton, A Few Good Men and A Time to Kill.

Did you ever see Kalifornia with Brad Pit? I haven't; just seen it in a list, never heard of it.
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Old 10-27-2018, 04:30 AM
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Old 10-27-2018, 08:43 AM
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Old 10-27-2018, 07:15 PM
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I Spit On Your Grave 3 -7/10

I know this movie came out 3 years ago but I just finally saw it for the first time today and I liked it a lot more than the other two. It was a much more entertaining story and I don't know if it's because the movie didn't have the intense rape scenes like they did in the previous two or what but this one was just easier to watch and I enjoyed it.
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Old 10-27-2018, 09:01 PM
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Old 10-27-2018, 10:12 PM
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How come you don't throw us a quick rating anymore, D? I like to know if you thought it was any good or not.
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Old 10-28-2018, 01:13 AM
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Fatal Games (1984). Solid slasher flick set in an Olympic background. It also garners some bonus points starring Sally Kirkland who I didn't even recognize at first?
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