Directed by: E. ELIAS MERHIGE
Produced by: PAULA WAGNER,
E. ELIAS MERHIGE, GAYE HIRSCH
Starring: AARON ECKHART, BEN
KINGSLEY, CARRIE-ANNE MOSS
Released by: Paramount Pictures
Eckhart, Kingsley and Moss are remarkably
intense and fun to watch, the preposterous
plot offers nothing fresh or original to
the serial thriller genre.
Plenty of Gore but Plot is Suspect
Tired Pastiche of the Serial Killer Genre Draws a
FBI agent Thomas Mackelway (Aaron Eckhart) investigates
a series of grotesque murders in New Mexico that appear
to link to his own troubled past. Joining the hunt
for the killer is Agent Fran Kulok (Carrie-Anne Moss),
Mackelway's former partner and one of the few who
knows his personal demons. As the two struggle to
bury old baggage, the murders keep piling up, one
more "eye-popping" than the other.
The clues left behind soon point to a sadistic renegade
named Benjamin O'Ryan (Ben Kingsley). Mackelway now
has his man, whom he calls Suspect Zero. Tracking
him down, however, exposes a deep and disturbing bond
between both of these tortured souls. Bottom line,
this film is not for the squeamish.
Merhige goes over the top with eye-bulging corpses
and autopsy photos that are truly stomach turning.
If such images don't bother you, the gimmicky plot
just might. The entire film rests on a psychic phenomenon
called remote viewing, a supposed real-life tactic
by which trained individuals can telepathically get
into the minds of killers and their victims. In researching
the movie, Mehrige discovered that the U.S. has been
using this ESP method of tracking down suspects since
stealing the concept from the Russians decades ago.
But will audiences really buy into this?
Kingsley and Moss are remarkably intense and fun to
watch, but a preposterous plot and the tired ol' cat-and-mouse
game between the hunter and the hunted offers nothing
fresh or original to the serial thriller genre.