Taking Lives (2004)

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Taking Lives (2004)
  • Time: 103 min
  • Genre: Mystery | Thriller
  • Director: D.J. Caruso
  • Cast: Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland

Storyline:

A successful FBI profiler, Illeana Scott, is summoned to help out Quebec law enforcement in Montreal. Her task is to hunt down a serial killer who assumes the lives and identities of the people he kills as he travels across North America. This forces Illeana to adjust to working in a strange city with a police team with which she doesn’t really fit in.

One review

  • Taking Lives is entertaining but predictable from director D.J. Caruso whose admirable in making this thriller but there are flaws that weigh it down. Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke are good as the two leads. Oliver Martinez, Tcheky Karyo, Jean-Hugh Anglade, and Gena Rowlands are effective as the supporting characters but they lack screen time and development because most of the focus is on Jolie. Kiefer Sutherland is solid in a brief extended appearance before being written out of the movie rather quickly. The rest of the cast are okay in their roles but no one stands out. The movie does have a little suspense but it doesn’t pay off because the eventual twist I sort of saw coming. There’s a little action including a chase that’s well executed but the movie could’ve used more of it. If there was more suspense, action, character development, and a different twist besides the one they went with the film would’ve have been that bad. Taking Lives starts off decent but after a while it becomes kind of obvious who the killer is and after the reveal there’s no more suspense. The pacing was a little slow at times which didn’t help either. Lucikly Caruos kept the running time down to 103 minutes so it’s not a total waste of time. Overall despite it’s flaws Taking Lives is an okay thriller with a little suspense, action, and solid performances by the cast who make this movie worth watching at least once but after it’s over you can’t help but feel a little disappointed.

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