Mindhunters (2004)

Mindhunters (2004)
  • Time: 106 min
  • Genre: Crime | Mystery | Thriller
  • Director: Renny Harlin
  • Cast: LL Cool J, Johnny Lee Miller, Christian Slater, Val Kilmer


On a remote island, the FBI has a training program for their psychological profiling division, called “Mindhunters”, used to track down serial killers. The training goes horribly wrong, however, when a group of seven young agents discover that one of them is a serial killer, and is setting about slaying the others. Can the few that are left figure out who the killer is in time?

One review

  • This would be awesome if you had never seen a mystery/thriller before… …but, as I have seen mysteries and thrillers before, this movie ends up a few tacos short of a combo meal in the grand scheme of things. It’s pretty good though, and it was a very entertaining watch. The characters are fleshed out pretty well and the plot is well executed. The setting is great, and you’re kept in due suspense at who exactly is the killer for the first hour or two of the movie. The acting is generally okay, and there’s a good use of atmosphere here. I did like how each character was given their own strengths and weaknesses to be used against them, that was good. And the special effects were cool sometimes, but lame at others.

    But this movie tries to do too much, reaching for heights it can’t quite grasp. It’s all very well done, but towards they end they start throwing in so many ‘plot twists’ that it gets really predictable and irritating. We’ve seen most of these type of plot twists before, and although they’re done well, there was no need to do it so many damn times and drag out the ending of the movie for another 20 minutes.

    Other random gripes:

    The gore often looked terribly fake.

    The action wasn’t that good. Looked genuinely fake as well.

    But overall I liked it alright. It’s not a classic, but it does a pretty okay job for this type of film. Fans of the genre won’t find anything new, but they will find an enjoyable ‘popcorn’ type of mystery flick. Recommended.

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