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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…
James Mangold's 2003 film Identity is a puzzler with more than a few nice performances tucked up inside its labyrinthian plot. John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, and John Hawkes lead the way in this under-seen gem that is not at all what it seems. A storm, a group of strangers trapped in a remote motel, with a killer amongst them seems like a straightforward thriller, but there are twists in store here. The beginning sets the scene and ups the ante towards the revealing third act that keeps us guessing right until the end. Cusack and especially Liotta are excellent here, and with nutty looking Pruitt Taylor Vince giving us the added chills that only his crazy eyes and psycho appearance can deliver, this is creepy, imaginative, and a little bit of a revelation.
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.
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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.
Works for the most part as a fairly engaging thriller with surprisingly smart characters. The major twist might be a little too obvious but this doesn't ruin the film. What might ruin the film is the absolutely ridiculous ending. Still, it's entertaining stuff.
It was merely ok. I liked the first half as it was a tribute to the Agatha Christie whodunnits, but in the second half I didn't care for the plot twist. And throw in Amanda Peet who always seems to make a movie worse just by being in it. I'm sorry, she's just terrible .
I was so down with this film until it got stupid towards the end, some of these movies have great concepts but choose to play it safe and go for almost a cop out ending. I guess to them it was a pretty twisted ending but i thought it was just silly.
A nice whodunnit with a clever twist that is well serviced by solid performances from it's cast of good character actors.
I always dug this one
A truly awful film that wants to be equal parts Twilight Zone episode and slasher movie, but ends up frustrating and infuriating some (including me). A group of ten people find themselves stranded at a Nevada motel during a serious rainstorm. What really makes me mad is the fine acting talent (John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Clea DuVall, John Hawkes, just to name a few) that’s wasted. Avoid this one. I wish I had.
Stupid, but well done.
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…