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Murder by Numbers
The only flaw in their plan was her.
Tenacious homicide detective Cassie Mayweather and her still-green partner are working a murder case, attempting to profile two malevolently brilliant young men: cold, calculating killers whose dark secrets might explain their crimes.
Completely forgettable! In fact the only thing I can remember about this film is that I didn't like it.
Barbet Schroeder has made some good movies. He delivered an Oscar for Jeremy Irons in the stunning "Reversal Of Fortune" and has a knack of telling interesting thought-provoking stories.
"Murder By Numbers" is exactly what it says it is. It has a clever premise of two young high school kids who think they've committed the perfect murder. It's no secret that this is what CSI the tv show has done for anyone interested in criminal investigation and frankly I find it hard to believe there aren't more of these scenarios in real life. The young men in question are played by Michael Pitt (a very under-rated actor) and an early starring berth for the tour-de-force that is Ryan Gosling. Gosling…
It's very, very drawn out and overlong, but this is actually one of the more interesting serial killer thrillers. The characters are actually fleshed out and don't just function to move the plot along, and the performances from the cast complement this perfectly. Sandra Bullock is fine here (and I usually dislike her), but Ryan Gosling's performance exudes so much charisma, skill and presence that the film always dies down a bit when he's not on screen (luckily, he is onscreen for a lot of the movie).
Worth it just for the scene when Gosling seduces a girl into his car (and bed) with boyish charm and Iron Maiden.
I watched Murder by Numbers solely because I knew Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt played killers. They're unsurprisingly terrific; the film itself is your basic clichéd Hollywood thriller, playing sort of like Rope for dummies.
The two young male talents, Michael Pitt and Ryan Gosling, provide good performances portraying confused and psychopathic high school students.
However the poor execution of this badly written crime drama, that believes it's much more intelligent than it is, makes for a dreadful watch. Unaided by a below par performance by Sandra Bullock playing the protagonist of the film.
TRULY A MASTERPIECE [LICKS EYE]
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
""Murder By Numbers" is a mystery movie that we play with your mind to figure out the truth of the mystery!" The performances in this movie are outstanding. "Sandra Bullock is magnificent and Ryan Gosling is gripping and striking!" The directing by Barbet Schroeder is incredible. The screenplay by Tony Gayton is excellent. And the score is perfect. "I'm raving that "Murder By Numbers" is the most intense, on the edge of your seat mystery movies I have ever seen before!"
dang baby ryan gosling though
From producer Sandra Bullock and director Barbet Schroeder comes "Murder By Numbers", which probably adopted its misleading title after deciding not enough time had passed between movies entitled "A Perfect Murder." Not unlike the Michael Douglas film of four years past, storywriters in Hollywood are out to prove again that there are no perfect schemes to murder and that our heroes will always catch up to their suspects in the end (especially if they have to be kicked off the case to do so). Hitchcock perfected this entire storyline in one movie, "Strangers on a Train," but for those who necessitate more of the same, this movie is not a bad way to spend two hours.
Bullock plays Cassie Mayweather,…
I wish the entire movie was just Michael Pitt and Ryan Gosling.
It could've got away with just being a boring thriller but, like a lot of films of this kind it went overboard during the climax, and Bullock's back-story was a hackneyed bore. If it was a little more clinical, with more focus on the boys (though I understand they kept some of their actions hidden for the sake of awful twists), it'd be more enjoyable. Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt isn't a double act you want to waste.
A fairly tame murder mystery that doesn't pack much punch, but offers some interesting character dynamics and a good twist ending.
TRULY A MASTERPIECE [LICKS EYE]
A whodunnit thriller that tells you who did it and offers zero thrills.
The things I endure to hear Gosling's sultry faux-New York accent.
- Inglourious Basterds
- Hobo with a Shotgun
- Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
- Key Witness
- Blast of Silence
- A Fever In The Blood
- Door-to-Door Maniac
- Underworld U.S.A.
In chronological order. Neo-noir being a contentious term, I don't necessarily agree with every inclusion. Taken from Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_film_noir_titles#Neo-noir
- The Singing Detective
- I Spit on Your Grave
- A Perfect Murder
- The Greatest Show on Earth
- Puddle Cruiser
My watchlist is gigantic. Like, bigger than Godzilla gigantic. So, in June I'm going to start making a "watchlist wash-list"…