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Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.
Identity is one of the finest thrillers that I have ever seen, reveling in genre cliches but twisting those tropes on their head which combines for a silly and utterly delightful little movie. John Cusack and Ray Liotta bring fantastic performances to this twisty story, and they stay serious and focused when it comes to the material. Throughout the film, the main attribute that sticks out is the tight pacing and ominous atmosphere, culminating in a 90 minute film that doesn't need to be a second longer; mainly because nothing could be added to perfect it anymore.
I don't think a motel has looked this creepy since Psycho, and that is a result of Phedon Papamichael's inky and bleak cinematography…
A pulpy, rain-soaked mystery that is part Hitchcock, Hawkes, and hothouse noir, James Mangold's "Indentity" engages with a fine cast, solid direction, and evocative atmosphere. It is an enormously entertaining thriller that combines a twisty who-dun-it with a tale of twisted madness.
Mangold's murder mystery follows a group of strangers who hole up at a remote motel while a torrential desert rainstorm howls outside. One by one, the members of the group meet a murderous demise. The narrative moves between this main thread and another that finds an imprisoned serial killer moving closer to his death row-end. How the strangers at the motel are connected and who will be the next to die are the question that power the plot,…
Film 10 on my Re-watch Wednesday list.
"As I was going up the stairs, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today. I wish, I wish he'd go away."
When I first saw James Mangold's Identity back in 2003 I absolutely loved it. It's full of twists and misdirections that kept me guessing until the very end and I thought it was fantastic. When I joined Letterboxd I added it and rated it based on my memories of that initial viewing and gave it five stars. I've changed a lot since 2003, and I had a feeling once I watched this film again my rating would likely drop. It's a film that's twists and…
i find this productively stupid, if that's even a thing, in that the most amusing part about it is how absurd and pointlessly self-conscious it is. mileages will fluctuate wildly based solely on individual tolerance for the idea of an entire movie deliberate constructed around a ridiculous contrivance that allows its makers to repeatedly pull the rug out from under you with no regard for logic or narrative consequence.
From October: 31 Days, 31 Horrors
Love this film. LOVE IT. So well acted and utterly brilliant. Even though the twist is obvious, it doesn't matter because the way it is slowly unravelled is phenomenal. 90 minutes of fabulousness.
I saw this when it was released back in 2003 and I still don't think I've seen a film since that kept me guessing like this film did. Director James Mangold cleverly leads the viewer in several very plausible directions as to what's actually going on here and then caps it off with one of my favorite twists ever in a film! It's got a nice ensemble cast who all give very good performances. It's a film that is definitely my type of thing so I probably like it more than a lot of people, but I think it's an excellent entry into the mystery/thriller genre and well worth a watch for anyone who hasn't seen it.
I enjoyed this but the ending was a let-down.
Dear John Cusack and Robert De Niro,
You should have both bought an undeveloped cottage in the middle of nowhere and lived out your days growing eggplants instead of shoveling shit onto your legacy with the last 16 years of film you've featured in.
The only thing that could improve Identity would have been the addition of canned laughter, as I think that would have made me drop the film mid-way instead of enduring the length of it.
Based me calling the ending 5 minutes into the film
Película narrada a modo de whodunit, en el que varios personajes van siendo asesinados en un motel y en el que deben averiguar quien es el asesino.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
15 minutes in: Ha, imagine if the mute kid is the killer.
90 minutes in: Ugh, what. Come on.
Best little thriller since I'd seen since The Life of David Gale, which coincidentally was made in 2003 like this. Short, sharp & to the point.
Do you remember the stupid script Donald Kauffman wrote in Adaptation? This is as close at it gets. Makes absolutely no sense.
In honor of my front right tire that died today. RIP.
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