I have come to acknowledge and accept my mental illness for some time now. For the most part I have…
The secret lies within.
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.
An intriguing, tense and solidly structured thriller centered on a mystery that is pretty well developed - even if it cannot escape the clichés of the genre -, but what makes it stand out is how it turns out to be much more intelligent than it seems despite its flaws and absurdities.
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LMAAAOOOOOOOOOOOO WHAT IS THIS I LAUGHED AT THE TIMMY IS THE KILLER SEQUENCE.. LIKE HIS LITTLE HAND REACHING TO HIS MOTHER'S FACE TO SUFFOCATE HER THAT WAS REALLY FUCKING FUNNY. ALSO THIS MOVIE IS STUPID, It did not scare me it was just a basic scary movie with those lil jumpscares and lights out. To be honest I wish malcolm was played by the actor who played Wilson Fisk it would be so fitting like wow.
The only thing that I expect from a MindFuck or a horror movie is that it should make sense and this one did.
Really enjoyed how the movie ends. Watch closely.
A well written Intense psychological thriller with a nice twist at the end.... What? Sometimes my reviews are just straight to the point without stupid immature comments and words that make no sense and are completely irrelevant to the review. Boobs.
Immersed with style everything about this fim is done well. I absolutely love John Cusack in this movie.
I hadn't seen this since mid-'03 in theaters. I still like how it's got an Agatha Christie-esque whodunit of lopping off the guests (not to mention, a rain-pelted backdrop that just doesn't stop) while they essentially panic and blame each other. But yeah, when the first revelation of its twist is shown (with the plot essentially becoming one of its helpless victims) it starts to show the cracks. Then come those final few minutes which make it go into such laughable, histrionic territory. It starts off as an exasperating and atmospheric thriller. Then it ends with the most pointless cheat.
One of those very oft seen thrillers that you really need to see. It has a really fantastic cast with some solid work from Liotta, Cusack and Peet. While everyone is pretty good, but I did have to knock off a half star cause DuVall is so damn annoying at one point.
But other than that blemish, it has amazing suspense and it has not just one major twist, but a pretty good second one as well. I know them now, but find they are still impressive.
Film still holds up on how impressive it is the way it tells it's story and all the little turns it uses. I also love how the flashbacks were done. This is a movie everyone should go out of their way to see.
i watched the bollywood remake years ago and as i started identity i realised this was the original. i sort of remembered how everyone died and the twist. probably the reason i didnt enjoy this very much
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