Identity (2003)

Identity (2003)
  • Time: 90 min
  • Genre: Mystery | Thriller
  • Director: James Mangold
  • Cast: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Ray Liotta


Strangers from all different walks of life: a limo driver escorting a fading television star, parents with a young son whose marriage is in crisis, a cop transporting a dangerous convict, a beautiful call girl, a couple of young newlyweds, and a nervous motel manager are caught up in a severe rainstorm, stuck at a motel in desolate Nevada. Soon they realize they may be at the motel for another reason when one by one, people start getting killed off. As tensions flare and fingers are pointed, they have to get to the bottom of why they’re there. Meanwhile in an undisclosed location, a psychiatrist is trying to prove the innocence of a man accused of murder in an eleventh hour trial. How these two through-lines are related can only be found in Identity.

One comment

  • If you have not seen “Identity”, please do so. It is the best horror film of the decade. Horror films these days are so clichéd, predictable, and have no mystery. Identity is how every horror film should be.

    The film has a great and unpredictable script. It is not just great by horror film standards, but by any means. It has such well thought out murders, has great character development, subtle scenes, and the director, James Mangold, gives it a very chilling tone and atmosphere. The ensemble cast is great all around. John Cusack is such an underrated actor, as is Ray Liotta and Amanda Peet. They give humanity to their characters, as do the rest of the cast. You really get invested in the characters. And this film plays around differently than other thrillers. It requires full attention, since it has so many twists and turns. By the time the ending comes, you won’t be able to stop talking about. It is carried on with such a well revelation. What helps also is that the original music score is so chilling. It creates the perfect tone the whole film has.

    Cheers for not just the best horror film of the decade, but also one of the best I have ever seen. Identity is a winner!

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