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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…
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'm re-watching this after an long time and still rolling on my tv at 3:08 am, this violently and bloody stylish picture. Kevin Costner is some serial killer with an alter-ego, and while have some family problems. Mr.Brooks seems to me in my teenage times anvery cools movie, but in the fact is some weak and very pretentious picture, but still very fascinating to watch is too much nice to see Costner in an anti-cast type of role and followed by the creep William Hurt. Mr.Brooks is fun and cool to see, and but still weak too.-
But I have relief to enjoy something so different than Costner playing some nice guy like in that very cliche film named A Dance with Wolves , Mr.Brooks thrill very much the psychopathy of Costner.-
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…
I really don’t understand why the critics and audiences enjoy knocking Kevin Costner. He is an actor I never tire of seeing; he’s great-looking, effortlessly charming and is considerably talented as an actor and filmmaker. I embraced his latest film venture -- “Mr. Brooks,” a slow-building drama about a well-respected man who just so happens to double as a serial killer in his spare time. Costner is really delightful in this sinister role and I loved watching the camaraderie between him and his alter ego, played William Hurt. It’s offbeat, for sure, but it’s also refreshing, original, even a bit daring. Highly recommended.
Wonderfully dark and brilliant. Kevin Costner really does bring his A game as the dark multiple personality Mr Brooks. A hidden Gem of a film.
I'm not really sure what to make of this. I really like Kevin Costner and I think that might be clouding my opinion of this movie. It's a weird film but I found it pretty compelling at the same time as being fairly absurd.
Demi Moors character was a dumb, boring back story crap walking around with legs, making this film 40 minutes to long, when the main story was pretty good, under played tough. Lot's of potential maybe if they had American Psycho director and an actor who always goes the full 200 yards like Fassbender, De Niro or even Johnny Depp would have done a little better job as a serial killer. But Costner did a good job and story is done a solid except Moors unnecessary character.
I Love the concept of a killer with (What I think was) Schizophrenia who lives a double life as a humanitarian
I Liked the concept that a killer is worried that his daughter might be as crazy as him.
I liked demi Moore on the hunt
I liked the idea of a killer taking on a protégé
I didn't like Dane cook
Great film all the way through.
Post-Dexter this loses some of its bite and originality. However, Costner is very good in the lead role, and the tone is spot on. Moore is badly cast though.
Part disconcerting; part trashy, thrilling fun.
A decent film that gets bogged down and loses its way a bit towards the end but is still fairly enjoyable, especially the parts with both Mr Brooks (Kevin Costner) and his alter ego (William Hurt) chatting - more time should have been spent with both of them on screen.
costner is a humungous tool; wm hurt is awful; dane cook is beyond gross
Kevin Costner gives a solid performance and the ending was more or less satisfying but other than that this was a boring, pretentious thriller. It wasn´t "bad" but this movie suffers from a lot of subplots that are completely uninteresting and there is a lack of development in all of them. All the side characters are either boring or annoying, some of them suffer from a lot of underdevelopment and it has it´s share of plot twists that personally I didn´t found exciting. By the end of the day it´s just another generic serial killer movie that for some reason believes it´s actually more than that. I didn´t care at all for any of the characters and the plot just…
What is up with these movies?! I am picking all of the good movies. My dad said this movie was great, and he was right. This is a great movie. I had a couple of problems with it, but I don't want to go into detail with this movie right now.
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- Irma Vep
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- Christina's House
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