Taking Lives

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Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland, Olivier Martinez, Gena Rowlands

Director: D J Caruso

Unbelievably predictable is the only way I can think of describing this psycho-killer on the loose thriller.

Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie) is an FBI profiler called in by the Canadian police to help track a serial killer who takes peoples identities and then lives as that person for a couple of years before getting bored and moving onto the next victim.

Now I’m not going to tell you any more of the story as I don’t want to be responsible for giving you any clues and spoiling the story – I’ll let the film do that all by itself.

What I will say is that a few minutes after Illeana meets the killer, although neither she nor the viewer is supposed to know anywhere near this early on that it is the killer, I had guessed who the psycho was and then simply had to wait for the fact to eventually be (officially) revealed. To make matters worse the various hoaxes planted in the film to supposedly keep it interesting are also far too easy to see straight through.

One character in the film does shine through however and that is Kiefer Sutherland. This guy is such a good actor he can make anything watchable but unfortunately for us, although probably fortunately for him, his character is only in the movie for a brief time.

The only other remotely interesting item in this movie is in Angelina Jolie’s obligatory love/sex scene when she rather surprisingly flashes some flesh. Well, I though it made it more interesting, but really to have to sit through this blandness just to get a quick flash just isn’t worth it even for dedicated Jolie fans.

Watch this only if you have nothing else to do.

2 out of 6 stars