For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
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.
Pretty good serial killer movie, made interesting by Kevin Costner playing completely against type.
I think it's let down by being too conventional, or at least after watching a few episodes of Hannibal or Dexter it feels conventional. Maybe in 2007 when Mr Brooks was released it would have felt new, but somehow I doubt that. Hitchcock was doing the charming murderer thing decades ago with a lot more panache.
Mr Brooks does feel quite televisual, and the only character who felt like a real person was Mrs Brooks, just because she does seem to have normal conversations, even though no-one joins in as they are all too busy talking to their inner killer or coming up with elaborate ways…
Well told story with good acting.
Mr Brooks the character was supposed to be a conflicted serial killer and yet i never believed it once.
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I wasn't supposed to watch this. But my original choice proved difficult to see. Then I found a few on Netflix (trial!) and went for The Stepfather, only to find afterwards that I saw the remake by mistake... Then I spotted this, which I had never heard of before. Older Costner interests me, so...
And Costner is good in this. Actually, I think that conflicted middle class family man serial killer is the role he was made for. Also, the bits with his later ego, William Hurt, are the best bits about the film. If they had done more with them, and played out the internal anguish in more depth, it…
This could have been a really great movie, a modern day Jekyll-Hyde that revitalized the serial killer theme.
Kevin Costner is terrific as a button-down man who is really a serial killer. What is interesting is that William Hurt plays the embodiment of his evil impulses.
The chemistry between Costner and Hurt is outstanding. They make a great team, and one wishes that they had been in more movies together.
Had this movie been about the Costner-Hurt dynamic, with it being played by the blackmailing witness to one of their crimes who sort of wants to be a serial killer himself, this could have been a terrific horror movie.
Instead, there is a convoluted police subplot with Demi Moore in…
This movie wants to be a neo-noir thriller but fails at so many points. There are too many storylines, the actors are bad (or rather the characters) and so the whole result is more embarrassing than entertaining.
This is actually an interesting role and performance from Costner. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie isn't great.
November's the month of the accidental Kostner-fest. This is a stellar selection. Creepy... Really creepy.
essential pitfalls in the script and an array of stilted characters downright sink a promising premise, sloppily edited to the point of convolutedness, costner is especially out of his depth, any novelty is lost to the excesses that go unresolved
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
Here is what I hope becomes a comprehensive list of every film worthy of being labeled a cult classic.