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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…
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'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.
"The hunger has returned to Mr. Brooks' brain. It never really left."
A whole lot of bad acting.
Un trhiller psicológico muy interesante pero que carece de empatía.
Patrick Bateman aged 20 years, the serial-businessman matured, in both method and class, legitimately repentant after his killing sprees, taking affirmative steps in AA and prayer. He's learned to be altruistic, complicating the sociopathic mind, taking the blame for the diseased actions of his heir to be; he's also less protected by his shield of wealth, no longer the uber-yuppie, a reflection of the times. Mid-way the class allegory shifts to a depraved youth anthem, which is half-baked, i.e. Cook wouldn't really want to blackmail Brooks to go on a murder ride-along and the daughter wouldn't really be axing people in the dormitory - and because it requires characters to pander for cult status, most notably through the William Hurt "Hyde" (a bat-shit performance no doubt, like most performances in the film) it doesn't really have the discipline to say anything cohesive. Raw lunacy gives way to familiarity by end.
An atmospheric, original, and absorbing psychological thriller, Mr. Brooks is also bolstered by a fine direction and really good performances. Kevin Costner was energetic, intriguing, and subtly menacing in what is one of my favorite performances of his, while William Hurt playing his alter-ego was wickedly wonderful.
Didn't like the cop's story line and character.
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 performances are great; but I just want to mention how much I liked the way the camera emulated the movement from the tricycle sequence in Kubrick's The Shining whenever Mr. Brooks approached his daughter's door.
One of the most genuinely creepy films I have ever seen, this film is a Dexter style peek into the tumultuous mind of a serial killer, as he wrestles his conscience and the killer inside. But unlike Dexter, there is a much more sinister tone to Mr. Brooks, who is the quintessential family man, and the least likely suspect for a murder. Kevin Costner plays this cool and calculating character with terrifying conviction, while William Hurt's playful devils advocate rounds out an unnerving pair of twisted minds that are both captivating and chilling.
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