After a ferry is bombed in New Orleans, an A.T.F. agent joins a unique investigation using experimental surveillance technology to find the bomber, but soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims.
Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the LAPD with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.
Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. Written by
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When Amelia jumps into the river to rescue the old man and his granddaughter, she was actually jumping into a heated pool. A vegetable dye was added to give the water its appearance. See more »
When Rhyme is examining Donaghy's personnel file after she refuses to cut off the victim's hands, he sees a letter from the Commanding Officer dated November 6th 1997 regarding apparent suicide which in the body of the letter prognosticates the suicide two years later of John Donaghy on November 6th, 1999. See more »
All right, this is what I want you to do. We're gonna need those handcuffs really. It's probably our best chance for good prints.
The M.E. can remove them when they get here.
The M.E. is all thumbs really. They'll mess up the prints. Look in the suitcase. There's a small saw.
[finds the saw]
I want you to saw her hands off at the wrist line. We gotta have those cuffs for prints.
Cut her hands off. We need the handcuffs.
I can't. No.
Saw off her hands, take off the cuffs.
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Above Average Serial Killer Flick, But Ruined By a Ridiculous Ending...
The Bone Collector
The serial-killer genre received a big boost over a decade ago when 'The Silence of the Lambs' was released; Hannibal Lector himself spawned a newfound interest in not the slasher genre of the eighties, but of the psychological slashers.
Unfortunately, like all movies and their genres, they simply get old. I'm tired of serial killer movies that try to cash in on the success of 'The Silence of the Lambs.' We've had countless films over the years since 'Silence' that are just tragic rehashes of each other with predictable and ridiculous endings.
Now we have 'The Bone Collector,' another typical 'psychological thriller' brought to life by a great cast and director.
Angelina Jolie plays the cop-on-the-streets who discovers a corpse next to a railroad. She immediately sparks interest in herself as the chief of police starts watching over her more, and a paraplegic man named Lincoln (Denzel Washington) summons her to his home to ask her a simple question.
Washington wants Jolie to help him catch the killer.
Denzel Washington plays Lincoln, a man who used to be big but is now immobile. His only moveable joint below his neck is a single finger, which he uses to click a computer mouse by his bed. He is watched over by Queen Latifah, a caring woman, sure, but not exactly loving.
'The Bone Collector,' based on the novel of the same name by Jeffery Deaver, could easily have slipped into the average slot, but because of a great cast, is just good enough to recommend. There are some gut-wrenching scenes in 'The Bone Collector,' but then there are some scenes (including the end) that recede into the stereotypical psychological thriller.
Director Phillip Noyce uses some great shadowing and a dark, moody atmosphere to bring the surroundings of his film to life. Exterior shots are dark and withdrawn, and interior shots are almost brighter. It is as if the darkness symbolizes the chemistry in the characters. The more Denzel talks to Jolie the brighter the room gets; when they are outside it is darker. Why? Because she doesn't know anyone outside. It is as if the surroundings are tailored around her character's emotions. She's happy, it's bright. She sad, it's dark. Etc
All in all, I was going to give 'The Bone Collector' a higher recommendation than three stars before I saw the ending, but it turned out to be quite ridiculous and average; plus, it was very predictable. I guessed it before it happened.
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