Directed by: RENNY HARLIN
Starring: VAL KILMER, CHRISTIAN SLATER, LL COOL J, KATHRYN
MORRIS, WILL KEMP, CLIFTON COLLINS, JR., PATRICIA
VELASQUEZ, JONNY LEE MILLER, EION BAILEY
Released by: Dimension Films/Miramax
Short: With a plot completely stolen from
Agatha Christie and nothing new or surprising
to set it apart, this gory murder mystery is
a predictable bore.
There, Seen That
Poorly Rehashed Classic
who has read the book or seen one of the movie versions
of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None"
(a.k.a. "Ten Little Indians") already knows
the whole plot of "Mindhunters." In Christie's
classic 1939 tale, ten strangers are lured to a deserted
island and then systematically killed off; in the totally
ripped-off version told in "Mindhunters," eight
wannabe FBI serial-killer profilers are dropped onto a
deserted island for a training simulation. Can you guess
what happens next?
it is painfully easy to figure out every element of "Mindhunters,"
right down to which of the politically correct protagonists
is going to be brutally (and graphically) killed off next.
It's as if director Renny Harlin said, "Get me an
actor from every ethnic group, so that everyone watching
will have someone to identify with and feel close to."
the beautiful Latina, the wheelchair-bound egghead, the
big strong black guy who always does the right thing,
a couple of intellectual white guys, and an emotionally
tormented white female who might not be up to snuff for
the elite FBI job of profiler. It's amazing that there
isn't a wise Asian fellow on the team; apparently that
was the one casting cliché the filmmaker decided
to avoid. But it's the only one he missed.
are actually a few glimmers of creativity in the film
(which was shot way back in 2002 and has languished on
the studio shelves ever since), including a couple of
clever death traps, but overall it is a pale imitation
of Christie’s original. For a much better movie
experience, rent the 1945 film "And Then There Were
None" to see how this story should be told.