Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Mr. Brooks

WORTH-IT: First of all, this is a serial killer movie, so no matter what critics say regarding its graphic intensity, suspense level, or what not, it still has murders that center around a serial killer who is sick and twisted in the mind, beyond the average life-happy human being. That said, this isn't really a story about killing people. I promise that makes sense. The actual story is really ABOUT the serial killer. Costner's Mr. Brooks is an addict tormented by his evil alter ego (a haughty William Hurt) to continue killing people in his same "Thumbprint Killer" style. The story is compelling. Because it's told from Brooks pov, the audience is, of course, meant to sympathize for him. We're on his side. Strangely, we're on the side of the detective (Demi Moore) as well. And so is Brooks. Confusing? I promise it will make sense. What we have here is a good film: a compelling story about a man with an addiction. He loves his family and his life, but he hates his self. It's also a story about another man (Dane Cook, pretty much as Dane Cook) with an addiction. He can't control it, and he's slightly dense. But his ignorance and attitude leave him as a least favorite. I enjoyed the movie. I felt the intensity that was created by telling the story from an altered viewpoint left a deeper impact than one would have been from the victims. It was suspenseful and meaningful. A good time.

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