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Criminal profiler and psychologist Dr Helen Hudson becomes entangled in the deadly mind game of a vicious copycat serial killer Peter Foley. Due to the horrific attack Helen suffered in her past as an agoraphobic she is confined to her apartment. The killer uses this against her in his murderous attempts to become a famous serial killer. Detectives M. J Monahan and Reuben Goetz they have the challenge of trying to capture the killer before he kills again and uses his chance to commit another atrocious murder. Written by
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Copycat is one of the best suspense thrillers I have ever seen. It really is an outstanding movie because it sort of creeps up on you and suddenly you realize that this movie is way better than almost any other thriller that you have ever seen. Sigourney Weaver does her best acting in this movie since ALIENS. She is excellent when she is vulnerable and yet tough at the same time. In other movies she is just tough, cranky, whiny, or mean. But here she is so tender and vulnerable, and yet she is the Woman of Steel! Holly Hunter, who can be anywhere from boring to pathetic to outstanding does a good job here mostly because she sticks to her character and does not inject too much of her personality into it. To a great degree, Holly Hunter plays the straight man to Sigourney Weaver, who is really the one emoting the most. The DRAGNET-style approach of Holly Hunter as a Detective makes Weaver's Skitzo-Paranoia problems seem more realistic. Weaver and Hunter are both outstanding in this movie (but Weaver is "In The Zone")
Will Patton is in this movie, and like his role in most movies, you have to wonder why he was in the movie at all. For some reason, he usually gets roles that could have been left out and would not have affected the movie in any way. In this case, he plays a Detective who is out of step and not paying attention to what is going on, and somebody else pays the price thanks to Will Patton being one step slower than everybody else. But what was the point? Just to add some action to a slow-paced psychological thriller?? It seems like the Director had to include a shoot-out, and he could not figure out where to put it, so it went into the middle of the movie with the most expendable supporting characters involved.
The only other negative is that the Serial Killer Copycat (William McNamara) looks like a cute underwear model for a JC Penney's Catalog (he is not quite Calvin Klein material). There is also a "Silence of The Lambs" type of connection to Harry Connick, Jr. who is the Original Serial Killer. The idea being that Connick is the inspiration and mentor for the new Copycat killer. That whole plot line is a bit dubious because Harry Connick, Jr. plays his role as if he were mentally retarded, unlike Anthony Hopkins, who plays psychopaths very well.
Additionally, I do not think prisons have prisoner e-mail and internet accounts. However, that myth has been around since "Silence of The Lambs" where Anthony Hopkins/Hannibal seemed to have ways of getting internet access and he also had secure (unchecked) postal mail service that allowed him to be sending and receiving letters to and from other lunatics (and Hopkins was also placing classified ads in newspapers to communicate with the other killer). Aside from those little details, COPYCAT is going to leave you in suspense until the last second. Weaver's excellent performance makes you care for her, and she also makes the villains believable and terrifying.
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