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|*Also starring: ||Carrie-Anne Moss, Julian Reyes, Frank Collison, Kevin Chamberlin, William R. Mapother, Brady Coleman, Ed Dames, Nicole DeHuff, Buddy Joe Hooker||
Review by Susan Granger
½ star out of 4
Perhaps there have been just too many serial killer movies this year,
like "Twisted" and "Taking Lives," but everything about this so-called thriller
seems overly familiar and tepid.
Once a top Dallas FBI Agent, mild-mannered Thomas Mackelway (Aaron
Eckhart) is now assigned to a minor-league field work in Albuquerque, where he
starts getting threatening faxes from obsessive-compulsive Benjamin O'Ryan (Ben
Kingsley), who may or may not be involved with a series of killings that
Mackelway is investigating. So his former partner/lover, Fran Kulok
(Carrie-Anne Moss), an agent from Dallas, us sent over to help him. It seems
O'Ryan, who is also a former G-man, is proficient in the ESP telepathic
specialty of "remote viewing," which allows him to project himself into the
guilt-ridden minds of murderers whom he then stalks and kills. He removes their
eyelids and leaves a carved symbol - a zero with a slash through it - as his
calling card. That refers to O'Ryan's grisly theory that a serial killer can
succeed only if the choice of his victims is random because, without a pattern,
there is no trail.
The screenplay by Zak Penn and Billy Ray is so crammed with confusing
flashbacks and weird, supernatural visions that director W. Elias Merhige
("Shadow of a Vampire") seems quite overwhelmed by the pulpy obscurity of the
cryptic concept. Not to mention the plot loopholes and serious lack of
character development. What a waste of acting talent! On the Granger Movie
Gauge of 1 to 10, "Suspect Zero" is an eerie, implausible 2. There's a rumor
that the state of New Mexico floated an interest-free, $7.5 million loan for
this film production in exchange for 2.5% of the profits and - if that's true -
there could be a strong case for fiscal irresponsibility.
Copyright © 2004 Susan Granger
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