RELEASE DATE: 26th February 2016
RATING: 16 LVS
RUNNING TIME: 101min
STARING: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Farrell,Abbie Cornish, Anthony Hopkins, Marley Shelton, Kenny Johnson, Janine Turner, Xander Berkeley
DIRECTOR: Lenny Abrahamson
WRITERS: Sean Bailey, Ted Griffin
PRODUCERS: Thomas Augsberger, Sean Bailey,
PRODUCTION BUDGET: N/A
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://buff.ly/1QHaZeP
With these actors it should be much better
FBI Agent Joe Merriweather (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his partner, Agent Katherine Cowles (Abbie Cornish), are hunting a serial killer who doesn’t seem to have any kind of pattern. To aid them, Joe turns to an old friend, and a former colleague, psychic John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins). John’s been out of the game since his daughter died of cancer, but, begrudgingly, he agrees to get involved in the case, partly because he feels like he owes Joe, but mostly because he feels some kind of strange connection to the killer, and needs to find out why.
WHY WATCH IT
I was keen to see this thriller, if for no other reason than Anthony Hopkins is in it, but I found myself thoroughly disappointed by it. It starts off pretty strong with a grisly crime scene and two FBI agents, a weather worn jaded man, and his young, impressionable and eager to prove herself protégé. They then find themselves bringing in the powerful psychic, a man with a dangerous and dark past, who’s worked with the older agent before. He’s hesitant to get involved, but senses some kind of connection between him and the killer, of course, this connection is where the film falls flat on its face. Without giving too much away, the final twist, the killer’s reasoning for his killings, is so implausibly ridiculous that it’s laughable. It’s contrived and ludicrous and simply silly. Even Colin Farrell, who is dark and mysterious and brings great atmosphere, can’t give this killer any credence. As such, everything else falls flat and the film ends up being a task in futility.
I had hoped for a good film, because of an interesting storyline and great actors, but it just goes to prove that if there is a problem with the script even the best actors in the world can’t save it.
Jon Broeke (@jonbroeke)