Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Did he just pull that gun out of his ass?

Mindhunters (2004)
Chosen by Brian Marshall who had this to say about it: 'A lack-lustre film that tries to be gripping but doesn't quiet succeed. A couple of interesting deaths but nothing we haven't seen before. Bought mostly because Christian Slater was in it, but even that wasn't enough to save the film. '

A curious mix of Saw and Seven, this doesn't really satisfy in any way and ends with perhaps the dumbest stand-off I have ever seen.
It kills off it's biggest star first, as if to say 'anybody could be next' but both the killer (guessed from the front cover before even putting dvd in the machine) and survivors (one has a fear to conquer, a classic arc for a hero) are incredibly obvious.
The kind of film that relies on people acting exactly as the killer had planned, as if he were psychic, this tries to explain it away as part of their jobs (the whole group are a bunch of FBI profilers in training) but it still requires startling prescience (and time - how does he set up a Rube Goldberg-esque trap involving hundreds of dominoes and not have it fall over early or fail to fall on time?)

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