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He are Marshall

Posted by Office-Bob on 04 May 2007 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Kevin Costner is back on the silver screen, this time as a serial killer in Mr. Brooks.

Earl Brooks has a lovely wife (played by Marg Helgenberger, who’s wasted in the role), a daughter who wants to join him in the family business, and a penchant for murdering people that manifests itself in Marshall, his alter ego, played in a delightfully creepy manner by William Hurt. It’s been 2 years since the “Thumbprint Killer” last struck but the urge has come upon Mr. Brooks again, and he succumbs to it…

…unfortunately, he makes a mistake and ends up being blackmailed by a man who took pictures of him at the crime scene. The blackmailer, however, isn’t interested in money - he wants Brooks to take him along the next time he kills.

While Brooks/Marshall is trying to figure out how to deal with the situation, he’s faced with an obsessed police detective (played by Demi Moore) who is trying to catch the Thumbprint Killer while battling her own demons, most notably a soon-to-be ex-husband who’s asking for millions in support (the idea of a cop with a net worth in the tens of millions, while explained later on, is unsatisfying and only serves to set Moore’s character up as a suspect when the inevitable happens) and a prison escapee who vowed revenge on her for sending him away.

If that weren’t enough, Brooks’ daughter has dropped out of college, at first claiming it’s because she wants to join her father at his box company but later saying it’s because she’s pregnant. Marshall, however, knows there’s something else she isn’t telling Daddy and when the truth eventually comes out, it upsets Brooks’ tidy little world even more.

While there were a number of plot holes, not to mention goings-on that just didn’t seem necessary, the movie was quite good. One of the small touches that I liked was that when Brooks was discussing things with Marshall it wasn’t done in the stereotypical manner where the person is seen talking out loud to themselves, making others wonder what exactly is going on - you could tell that this was solely an internal dialogue and those around Brooks were unaware of what was going on inside his mind.

I’ve seen better thrillers but I’ve also seen worse. I’m on the fence about recommending this at full-price but if you like Costner and/or Hurt, I’d say go for it.

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