Movies that are slightly off.
The man who has everything has everything to hide.
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.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There's a lot of Costner's serial killer face in this film - he succeeded earlier in his career as a leading man and as a sort of blank everyman at times, but I don't find him charismatic. Watching him feels like a long wait for something to happen which never does. I watched this soon after No Way Out, and in both films Costner plays a troubled character trying to hide their true emotions, but I don't get a sense of a human spirit lurking below the surface, I don't think the actor is quite up to that. Perhaps that's the most chilling thing about this movie, that it is dark but relentlessly bland. It is cinematically unexciting and has…
I thought I was watching a film of nobody's, turns out I forgot what Demi Moore, Kevin Costner and Dane Cook look like. Average, meh, lacklustre. Just pretty boring.
Boring, Dane Cook is a bad actor, and that ending totally pissed me off.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm not sure if there wasn't enough story to fill an idea or what, but there was too much going on. Add half a star for being able to tie all those threads together, though, then subtract that half-star again for the awful halfway shootout. Almost gets another half-star for killing off Dane Cook. Not sure if I liked the ending ending.
Weird seeing Costner as a bad guy. As I watched this, I kept thinking of the TV show Dexter, which seems an obvious inspiration for Mr. Brooks.
Brooks leads a double life, one as a successful businessman, husband and father, and the other as a serial killer. His methods as per his "hobby" become muddled after a "fan" latches onto him. And he discovers he's being hunted by a particular cop.
Demi Moore is that cop, and I found her to be the least believable and interesting character. Coster as Brooks promised a complex and intriguing study, though even there, I found details lacking. Like who is that guy he's always talking to? No explanation. I wanted more meat in this thinly-plotted story. Connections between characters don't feel real, and again, we don't get very deeply into their minds.
Mr. Brooks is a breezy little distraction, somewhat entertaining but ultimately, a bit disappointing. Not terrible, though.
Shovel beats scissors!
In my opinion one of the most underrated thrillers there is. It's so simple in every regard, but it just works. Some might consider this film boring, stupid or lackluster. And I can see where they're coming from. It's not a masterpiece, it doesn't have all that much to it. But for me, this film just works, and I enjoy it tremendously. Simple, yet effective. Chilling and thrilling to the bone.
باز به این جمله میرسی که چیزی واسه از دست دادن و نگران بودن در موردش رو نباید داشته باشی
Mr. Brooks (Kevin Costner) is a successful businessman with a nasty addiction - don't read the intro on letterboxd if you don't want to know what it is - who is about to relapse, setting off a chain of events which will change the lives of lots of people.
I thought that the film was very good in the way it made Costner's character sympathetic - he was, after all a deeply unpleasant person. There were some nice twists and I liked the relationship between Mr. Brooks and Marshall (William Hurt) although I'm not completely sure who Marshall was - an alter ago, a demon version of a guardian angel, Brook's mind? It probably doesn't matter!
A surprising role for Costner. Diverting
Films I have rated one and a half stars or less.
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