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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.
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".
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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.
Classed as a Psychological Thriller, Mr Brooks is a serial killer played by Kevin Costner with his tongue firmly emplanted in his cheek. Because Costner is an amiable sort of guy we are on the side of the killer. For a little while we are also on the side of the cop chasing him (that is until Demi Moore's overacting gets in the way and she becomes a little too cliche). What else gets in the way is a few too many plot lines all running at once.
The key plot is that someone (Mr Smith) witnesses one of Mr Brooks' kills and blackmails him. A running gag through the film is the almost constant presence of Mr Brooks alter…
Now THAT is a bad movie.
Interesting psychological frame.
It's usually a bad sign when a movie starts with expository dialogue in the form of text ... and this movie is no exception.
There are some tense moments of Brooks invading people's homes but other than that it's a weird mash of scenes about his daily life. It seems as though the film wants us to feel sorry for a serial killer, which really isn't a good way to position your film.
I stopped watching after an hour, which I rarely do. I wouldn't recommend this film at all.
BITCH I WAS SHOOK this was so good wtf
This is an interesting film. I quite like Costner in this and really enjoyed his conversations with his alter ego. They were managed in a way that really grabbed your attention. I notice that Costner is playing another "bad guy" in Criminal this year, I'm going to check that out and see how he goes with that darker role.
I'd agree with some reviewers that this fails to really get the thriller tag for me, but there is some interesting tension about how this is going to end. There were a lot of different ways this film could go and it didn't end up where I thought it would, and I did care about what happened to Mr Brooks.
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All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…