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A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.
Serial killer movies have been done to death in the last ten years. How many different variations of the genre can you do? Bruce A. Evans however had something new to offer and with not one but two Oscar winners on surprisingly good form, this was a little gem from 2007.
Set in Portland, "Mr. Brooks" is a wealthy businessman, husband and father to a teenage daughter. Behind the scenes however he is the "Thumbprint killer", a serial killer who has abstained from murder for the past two years with help from an addiction group. Earl Brooks however is going to return to his killing ways as his alter-ego inside his head played brilliantly by William Hurt urges him to…
Whether or not you buy into Mr Brooks all very much depends on if you can believe Kevin Costner as a conflicted serial killer, something of a stretch asked by director Bruce A. Evans in what turns out to be less a psycho drama, more a slightly odd potboiler. It might bill itself as a thriller but there isn't much in the way of tension or indeed excitement across Evans' film, which more than takes its time exploring the titular Earl Brooks and his murderous psychological demons. It's a darker turn for Costner, eschewing the safer or more escapist fayre he's often known for to swim in more sinister waters, but frankly he lacks the thespian nouse to look much…
If you want an idea of the feeling of this film, think American Psycho mixed with the show Dexter.
Great and underrated film. Would have been a lot better without that unnecessary subplot with Demi Moore, but the central story is what it's all about. The story of a man in a war with himself and his inner demons, or demon (William Hurt). Kevin Costner is fantastic and has terrific chemistry with William Hurt, who is just as great. Dane Cook is surprisingly really great and does a nice job balancing his comedic persona with a much darker turn. While her story was pointless and may have made more sense in a separate film, Demi Moore is decent. I mean, she's been a lot worse in past films. A clever script turns out twists you don't expect and web you're waiting on the edge of your seat to see unravel. Pulse punding, gripping, and criminally underseen.
I've always had a fascination with serial killers, whether it's Dexter Morgan or Hannibal Lecter or any of the other brilliant depictions seen in film and television.
This is not a perfect film, but it is compelling and quite thought-provoking.
Kevin Costner delivers one of his finest performances as Mr. Earl Brooks, a successful businessman with murderous desires. Costner balances the two sides of Mr. Brooks with subtle precision.
All of the performances are strong, including that of "comedian" Dane Cook.
Demi Moore is terrific as Tracy Atwood, the detective investigating the case of the Thumbprint Killer.
One of the most interesting aspects of the film is William Hurt's character, who is named Marshall and is the personification of Mr. Brooks' conscience.
It may be flawed, but it's also a particularly dark and stylish psychological thriller.
Vi esta película más o menos cuando salió y creía recordar que no estaba mal. No me equivocaba.
Kevin Costner está estupendo como Earl Brooks, un hombre de negocios que, bueno, como nadie es perfecto, también es un psicópata que lucha contra su adicción mientras su otro yo, Marshall (un impecable William Hurt), le increpa por resistirse a sus instintos. Los dos tienen una química tremenda y verlos compartir plano es un gustazo.
Pues eso, que A FAVOR de esta película que pasó injustamente desapercibida.
As asinine as some of the characters are (Dane Cook stuck out like a sore thumb) and as silly as some of the dialogue is I still enjoyed it. It's kind of on the cusp of being a so bad it's good thriller because the plot gets pretty convoluted and unbelievable. However, there's a decent and not typical performance in here from Costner and I couldn't help but be intrigued with how everything was going to play out.
Nice little thriller this one - an interesting role for Costner and a real treat to see him collaborate with William Hurt.
As the trailer will attest - Earl Brooks is a successful businessman by day...and a serial killer by night. We see his dark desires personified by William Hurt's Marshall, who acts as a kind of devil on his shoulder (a dark passenger if you will). While Earl deals with the day to day 'normal' routines, Marshall comes to life when Earl goes after victims. Pretty standard affair, yet a very effective tool in showing the viewer how the fractured psyche of Earl Brooks really works. He's not a schizophrenic (as he is aware of Marshall) and he treats…
Lots of serial killer cliches but a few really interesting ideas even though none of it really pays off. The subplot with Demi Moore as a knock-off of the Red Dragon detective didn't need to be there at all. Her scenes were all terrible. There were moments I really liked but it just didn't add up to a satisfying whole. It was ridiculous without being properly invested in it's ridiculousness.
Ridiculously stupid, often times genre-hopping stunt piece so concerned with ripping off every thriller/action/black comedy/cop flick cliche that it barely stands as a movie on its own. With idiotic plot holes and laughable dialog it's impossible to suspend your disbelief or understand any character's motivations let alone reason as to how this garbage got greenlit and managed to attract its talented cast in the first place. A complete waste of time.
Van begin tot eind boeiend, met een sterke rol van Kevin Costner.
A fascinante dinâmica estabelecida entre Costner e Hurt poderia resultar num grande filme, não fosse as fracas performances de Moore e Cook, o irritante destaque dado a detetive, a deslocada trilha de Djawadi e a óbvia direção de Evans.
Bullshit! Big time! Already seen Hollywood bag of shit!
The idea was to shoot an original serial-killer movie, where you get the perspective of the assassin rather than of the detective. Unfortunately it didn't work out so well: the runtime is too long and the movie stalls few times for no reason; there are some plot holes
and too many subplots to follow.
The chemistry between Kevin Kostner and William Hurt works very well and represents the best part of the movie.
It is one of those situation where you think "that's a pity, they could have done it better".
Bra film. Hade kunnat varit så mycket mer dock. Härlig känsla.
Uma pena quando você observa que o filme tinha potencial para ser melhor do que foi, mas não conseguiu. A direção insiste em ações da década de 90 de baixa produção e a Demi Moore não convence. Aliás, não lembrava como ela atua mal... Kevin Costner está em um papel feito sob medida para sua excentricidade, com a boa companhia de William Hurt, mas é Dane Cook que rouba a cena. Podia ser muito melhor, mas vale a curioidade.
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