Mr. Brooks (2007)

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Mr. Brooks (2007)
  • Time: 120 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
  • Director: Bruce A. Evans
  • Cast: Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, William Hurt

Storyline:

Earl Brooks is a highly respected businessman and was recently named Portland’s Man of the Year. He hides a terrible secret however: he is a serial killer known as the Thumbprint Killer. He has been attending AA meetings and has kept his addiction to killing under control for two years now but his alter ego, Marshall, has re-appeared and is pushing him to kill again. When he does kill a couple while they are making love, he is seen and photographed by someone who also has his own death and murder fetish. In a parallel story, the police detective investigating the murder is having problems of her own. She is going through a messy divorce and a violent criminal who had vowed revenge some years before has escaped from prison and is after her.

One review

  • Last week I rented out Mr. Brooks as my friend had recommended this. This film treats murder as an addiction, like any other alcohol, drug addictions. That is a very good move by the director Bruce. A. Evans. Mr. Brooks is like the Batman of serial killers. He has a secret closet where identical serial-killer outfits hang above a row of matching black boots, and he has all the latest in serial-killer gadgets. Just because he is addicted to murder doesn’t mean he is stupid. He takes all precautions and has full information about the prey he wants to kill.

    A hardened detective enters into a case with a vicious serial killer she is tracking after earning the respect of the police department for tracking down a murderous madman known as ‘The Hangman’ in this vicious psychological thriller starring Demi Moore, Kevin Costner, and William Hurt. Earl Brooks (Costner) is a successful businessman, noted philanthropist, and loving father. He’s the kind of man that no one would ever suspect of being a notorious serial killer, but then again history’s most chilling psychopaths are often the quiet neighbours who no one would ever suspect capable of committing such unspeakable atrocities. Until now, no one has had any reason to link Earl Brooks with the heinous crimes of the dreaded Thumbprint Killer. Even his beautiful wife (Marg Helgenburger) and teenage daughter (Danielle Panabaker) could never conceive of such an awful truth. But when Mr. Brooks’s dark side begins to take over his sane exterior, an amateur photographer (Dane Cook) captures the killer succumbing to his murderous instinct on film. Now, as Mr. Brooks is pursued by the detective Tracy Atwood (Moore) and forced to bend to the will of an opportunistic bystander, the killer who was once able to keep his murderous alter ego (Marshall – William Hurt) in check finds his control steadily slipping.

    This film brings out the best in William Hurt and Kevin Costner. Wish I could say the same about Demi Moore, but she is nothing more than a bystander to the killer’s awesome detailed killings. She is always several steps behind Mr. Brooks. The divorce angle isn’t quite interesting. Mr. Smith (Dane Cook) is a slimy basterd whom nobody will like and that means he did his job perfectly. William Hurt as Marshall, the murderous alter-ego of Mr. Brooks brings out Brooks dark side to the fore. They are both intelligent psychopaths who love Brooks’s family. Kevin Costner makes us root for the psychopath in him by giving a memorable performance as Brooks who is addicted to killing. Danielle Panabaker is also very good as the sweet and cute daughter, Jane Brooks who also has an addiction to murder. The cinematography and background score is very well done. This is an above average thriller which will capture your attention till the end. See it, you won’t be disappointed.

    8/10

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