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.
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.
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.
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.
Besproken in aflevering 008
(Segment: Kevin Costner Top 3)
Eficiente em quase todos os aspectos, mas a direção opta por uns planos em câmera lenta e alguns jump cuts terríveis. As sequências que envolvem ação e suspense possuem uma abordagem rasteira, no nível das séries de TV mais formulaicas. A interação entre Hurt e Costner é sempre fascinante e a maneira com quem esse último transforma seu personagem numa vítima do vício (lembrando muito a série Dexter) traz uma complexidade interessante ao filme.
An interesting movie, but not something I'd qualify as good. Demi Moore's whole sub plot in the movie is not necessary at all. It only serves to have more twist in the ending.
"No, an asshole's an asshole."
I saw this film in theaters when it was released and remembered liking it quite a bit. Now, nine years later, as I'm about to pop the blu-ray in for my first rewatch, I can't recall a single thing about the movie. Even throughout the film, most of it didn't seem particularly familiar. This kind of experience is odd for me because I tend to remember movies or at least am reminded me of them as I begin to actually rewatch them.
I really don't know why I didn't remember this movie. I enjoyed it the first time I saw it and I enjoyed it again tonight. It's a very unique take on the voluminous…
Costner is always fun, and this movie was no different. I like what he can bring to a character, but I really didn't expect this level of sublime acting when it comes to his psycho self. Well done! It was very interesting to witness his constant switching between his everyday and hidden self, especially when the later was out in the open and interacting with other people. Hurt was also a great choice, his first appearance was scary menacing! My one big regret is that I would have liked the story to dwell even deeper, and maybe focus on the daughter subplot instead of the cop. Judging by how fresh the rest of the story was, I'm certain it would have been great as well.
All in all, time well spent with Mr. Costner and a recommendation at that!
Jezus, wat een super goede film!
There are times when I just love Kevin Costner's acting. And it's often because he's juxtaposed against another interesting character. Mr. Brooks is one great example. (A Perfect World is another.) The scenes between Costner and William Hurt are what elevate this movie beyond the simply competent thriller plot.
I can forgive the contrivances in the story (all except one -- see below) because I care about this "couple" and want to see them "happy." And the setup is a nice twist on the idea of a man struggling against his flawed nature to be good in the world.
I even enjoy the Demi Moore character (a millionaire detective) and her divorce subplot. These characters and situations could so easily…
"Fuck it. It felt good." From the writer/director of KUFFS, guys. Costner's post-kill twirl is a hoot. Playful scheming.
Costner really pulls off playing the protagonist serial killer!
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