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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…
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.
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…
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The hunger has returned to Mr. Brooks' brain. It never really left.
This film, I don't know, it just bored me, it seemed like the kind of thing that would've been better as a tv series, but then everyone would say it was ripping off "dexter".
I just never got into it.
I like it. It is not one of Costner's best, nor is it one of Costner's worst, saying that worst crap he milled out was Waterworld, of course.
Now, I didn't like Dexter, but my notion of liking is more or less based on the inherent evil of all men. "There are none who doeth good, not one", as the rabbi Sha'ul (apostle Paul) says it.
Ive allready seen dexter, but thanks for trying
Film #29 of the 2015 Scavenger Hunt of the Dead Challenge!
Task #11: A film featuring a serial killer
Let me just start by saying: William Hurt is a fuckin' revelation.
Dane Cook and Kevin Costner were top notch too, but he stood tall above everyone else.
Movies about killers are overdone, but this is a breath of fresh air.
It might have lost some steam in the middle of it, but it came back with a punch in the last 20 minutes or so. So damn good.
Mr Brooks (Bruce A. Evans, 2007) 8/10
Wicked black comedy with Kevin Costner in superb form as a serial killer who has joined an AA group to cure himself of the urge to kill. William Hurt is equally good as his invisible alter ego constantly urging him on to kill and kill again. Their scenes together are full of glee as the murders make both euphoric. Demi Moore is the homicide cop trying to solve the murders. The film has a number of different plot strains running parallel and the script keeps them all juggling in perfect symmetery. Slickly shot and edited the film makes the act of murder thrilling and allows the viewer to participate as a voyeur on this rollercoaster ride. It's a special treat to see Costner, normally so anal, playing such a loose witty character. Great fun.
It's a very well made, clever, intelligent psychological thriller.
Kevin Costner was really good - quiet, captivating, convincing work.
I think it's one of the better Costner performances, that I've seen.
Although his character is not the guy you must become attached to, but you do, because deep inside he's a really good, sweet, loving man, husband, father and you care about him.
William Hurt gave the perfect contribution to Costner's character - slick, maniacal, fun work.
I thought subplot of Demi Moore's character wasn't that necessary, because it didn't bring very much to the plot....maybe that's just me, I don't know. I should recognize that Demi Moore's work as a detective was good and enjoyable.
It's a gripping, mysterious and thrilling movie. Check it out.
Not a great film. But what Mr Brooks lacks in character depth, plot holes and misfires, it makes up for with sheer effort
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