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A burnt out detective follows the trail of a serial killer who sends him messages about the murders.

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FBI Agent Jason Enola
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Dr. Alyce Robertson
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Jerry Saracen
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Chuck Switzer
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Molly Darrow
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Jason Enola is an obsessive FBI agent who is almost losing his mind after ten years on the tail of an elusive serial killer whose hallmark is the "paper trail" of notes left along with the victims. Brad Abraham is the agent buddy who is watching Enola's back. As the film begins, a new wave of killings start after four years of silence, and the psychiatrist Dr. Alyce Robertson becomes involved when she starts receiving telephone calls from the killer. Written by Alexander Staubo <redhand@mop.no>

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Two cops, twelve murders... No suspect!


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Rated R for violence including some disturbing images, a strong sex scene and language | See all certifications »
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29 September 1998 (USA)  »

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When we first see FBI Agent Jason Enola (Chris Penn) and FBI Agent Brad Abraham (Michael Madsen), Abraham finds it hard to get together with Enola. Enola is on the phone in his apartment when Abraham knocks on his door, then he's phoned on his cellular phone by a colleague. "What?!" he snaps when he answers. "Brad, are you with Jason in his apartment?" [sarcastically] "Yeah we're in there drinking coffee together! Come on Jason, open the fucking door!" Upon learning something from Jason, "I've been speaking to my ex-wife and she wouldn't let me speak to my two little girls". [Brad insensitively] "Why do you put yourself through this shit?" Clearly Abraham and Enola weren't seeing eye to eye at this early stage. See more »

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Terrible Story, Awful Conclusion
10 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

When a killer kills a woman in an alley and brings her body with a severed arm to a movie theater, FBI Agent Brad Abraham (Michael Madsen) calls FBI Agent Jason Enola (Chris Penn) to help him in the investigation. Jason is an agent that destroyed his career and his family years ago obsessed to capture a serial killer; now the leads indicate that the same killer has just started a new crime spree. Soon the psychiatrist Dr. Alyce Robertson (Jennifer Dale) receives phone calls from the killer and she meets Abraham that asks her to talk to Jason. He asks to participate in a meeting with her patients William Frost (Chad McQueen); the agoraphobic Rachel Quinn (Terri Hawkes); Gail Morgan (Catherine Blythe); Jerry Saracen (Kenneth McGregor); and Eileen Gibbs (Thea Gill). Now Jason suspects that one of them might be the serial killer. Who might be?

"Papertrail" is a low-budget thriller with a terrible story and an awful conclusion. The characters are poorly developed and Michael Madsen has a very small part to give his name to the credits. The explanation given by the killer is laughable. But the attitude of Dr. Robertson summoning her patients in the middle of the night is ridiculous. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Mensageiro da Morte" ("Messenger of the Death")


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