Saturday, June 9, 2007

Suspect Zero...somewhat suspect

Suspect Zero - E. Elias Merhige - 2004 - 5/10


Thomas Mackelway (Aaron Eckhart) is an FBI agent who is sent away to Arizona to be out of the spotlight after he bungles a major case. However, someone has different plans for him, committing high profile crimes and sending Mackelway special clues. Mackelway is beginning to get into the case when his old love, Fran (Carrie-Ann Moss), another FBI agent, is also demoted to Arizona and joins him on the case. As Mackelway begins pursuing the man who keeps sending him these clues, he comes across the trails of several serial killers and begins to think that his mysterious pen pal is really a powerful empath bent on vigilante justice. Either way, he has to stop the killer who keeps stealinig little children and murdering them by the roadside.


For being a suspense movie the movie takes a lot of the suspense out right away. Its hard to even see where the writers/director thought they were generating tension. It's too bad really because Eckhart works really hard to portray a character who is supposed to be consumed by this case. Carrie-Ann Moss is probably the best I've seen her here. Although she plays the same type of character over and over again, she's pretty convincing here. Carrie, and her character, could have used a lot more screen time too, to sort of flesh out her character a little more and actually have an impact on the stuff that was going on. What makes me feel badly is that the idea for this movie is pretty good, and all the little twists are pretty cool, plus the acting is pretty solid. But at the end of the day, the movie just falls kind of flat. There are too many questions at the end for it all to be resolved.


Eh. If you like these kind of movies, there are probably better options.

If you've seen this movie...

I thought Ben Kingsley was a give away the whole way through. There was not a chance of suspense that he WASNT an FBI agent or really, that he would harm anyone that wasnt a serial killer. The movie would have been a lot better if you had thought that Kinglsey could be the killer, but you almost never did. Despite being a "chase" movie, you never really know what Eckhart is chasing, because you see everything Kingsley does, and you already know he's not the killer. It's also kind of weird how Kinglsey chose Eckhart...but I guess I'll chalk that one up to Hollywood.

If you liked this movie, watch...

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