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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.
Murder By Numbers looks like a generic thriller and is indeed a generic thriller but that rather saddened me as I watched it. The film holds a lot of potential. Inspired by the true crime of Leopold and Loeb the movie is a cat and mouse game between Detective Cassie Mayweather (Sandra Bullock) and two bored rich kids, Richard (Ryan Gosling) and Justin (Michael Pitt) who commit a murder just to see if they can get away with it.
I read up on the case this movie is loosely based on and it's quite fascinating. Wealthy teens with nothing better to do than to kill someone innocent. This film could have been a great character study of these boys. I…
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.
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…
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.
It's nice to see Sandra Bullock step out of her comfort zone, and Gosling and Pitt are pretty creepy and pretty convincing. It's not a masterpiece but it's decent.
Generic early-2000s thriller... I mean that as a good thing. Huge nostalgia for these shitty movies on my end.
This one is special because it's directed by Barbet Schroeder (wtf?) and it has young Michael Pitt and Ryan Gosling straight out of TV. Kind of shit you catch on TV on a weekday afternoon and end up watching for no reason.
Kleine Barbet Schroeder Reihe, Film 2
Barbet Schroeder und Sandra Bullock (Produzentin, Hauptdarstellerin) wandeln auf den Spuren Hitchcocks und drehen einen Film, der wie Hitchcocks ROPE auf dem wahren Kriminalfall Loeb und Leopold beruht. Zwei reiche High School Studenten, der eine ein genialer und schüchterner Nerd, der andere der Großkotz und Angeber der Schule, sind von den Ideen der absoluten Freiheit und des perfekten Verbrechens fasziniert. Sie töten eine junge Frau und lenken den Verdacht auf den schmierigen Hausmeister der Schule, den sie anschließend durch einen fingierten Selbstmord aus dem Weg räumen. Sandra Bullock spielt eine traumatisierte Detektivin, die von ihren Kollegen nur die Hyäne genannt wird. Sie hat von Anfang an ihre Zweifel und kommt den beiden jungen Mördern…
What I like to call a leap of faith. Great actors=give it a shot. Sub par and just average.
Sandra Bullock as a hardened detective investigating the murder of an unknown woman. Two bored teenage rich kids (Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt) as the improbable suspects ...
Has its moments, but lingers too long on certain details and looses track of other aspects making the third act suddenly go way too fast and adds an 'act of god' feel to the ending.
Two gifted high school students execute a "perfect" murder - then become engaged in an intellectual contest with a seasoned homicide detective.
Slow-paced and not particularly suspenseful variation on the Loeb/Leopold case, Alfred Hitchcock's take with Rope was intellectually much more intriguing.
Thriller alquanto risaputo utile solo come veicolo per la superstar Bullock.
C'è la presenza di due futuri divi ancora ragazzetti di belle speranze: Michael Pitt e Ryan Gosling, ancora acerbi usati come soprammobili.
Very mediocre. I used to think I didn't like Ryan Gosling. I hate him even more when he has a speaking role!
No sufrió de mala crítica este rutinario thriller que no tarda en arruinar las interesantes premisas de las que partía. La película no sabe adónde lleva al espectador. La inevitable relación romántica entre los dos protagonistas no puede estar peor desarrollada.
Descubrió a Ryan Gosling.
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