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The Watcher (2000)

David Allen Griffin is a cool killer- time and time again, he chooses a female victim, studies her for weeks till he knows her routine to the smallest detail, makes meticulous preparations ... See full summary »

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David Allen Griffin is a cool killer- time and time again, he chooses a female victim, studies her for weeks till he knows her routine to the smallest detail, makes meticulous preparations using his forensic knowledge to gain entry when she's quite alone, subdues her and administers a long, torturous death. Joel Campbell got so frustrated by his failure to capture Griffin in Los Angeles, that he quit the FBI, moved to Chicago, and remains in psychiatric therapy, unable to function normally. Then he realizes, when opening his mail very late, that a new murder victim is Griffin's, and the killer sent him pictures of her. Campbell reports this to the police, but is unwilling to join them in the search, suggesting Griffin is too slick and clever; yet he won't get out of it that easily. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,062,295 (USA) (10 September 2000)

Gross:

$28,927,720 (USA) (29 October 2000)
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James Spader and Keanu Reeves previously starred with Lori Loughlin in The New Kids (1985) and The Night Before (1988) respectively. Ironically, in those films, James Spader played a villain and Keanu Reeves played a good guy. See more »

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When Campbell pulls out drawer in bathroom in his rush to get the syringe, the bottom of the drawer falls out. In the close-up of Campbell's search through drawer, the bottom of the drawer is in place. See more »

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[last lines]
Joel Campbell: It's never quite that easy. You go through the door, they're never just sitting there waiting for you with a welcoming smile on their face. Best you can do is hope they fuck up and do what you can to be there when they do.
Joel Campbell: Time's up.
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6 UNDERGROUND
Written by Liam Howe (as Liam Coverdale-Howe), Chris Corner, Ian Pickering,
John Barry
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Courtesy of Clean Up Records Ltd./Virgin Records America
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Unwatchable
25 February 2001 | by (Montreal, Quebec) – See all my reviews

It's hard to decide what exactly is the worst thing about this attempt at a crime mystery movie: the jerky, indecisive cinematography; the intrusive "alternative" soundtrack; terrible acting; the completely cliched script or the general frustration one has in trying to watch this movie that is truly an insult to one's intelligence.

The story follows a burned-out, pill-popping ex-LAPD cop played straight out of the cliche handbook by James Spader. He relocates to Chicago where he lives in a terrible apartment, complete with an empty fridge and a water heater in the kitchen. He is haunted by the memories of a serial killer, who prayed on young women.

Keanu Reeves is that killer, and he follows him to Chicago, because apparentally he has nothing better to do, and he doesn't seem to have to work either. After taunting James Spader with two more young women who quickly become victims, and extending the movie length during the first forty minutes, Keanu finally makes it personal by targeting Spader's psychiatrist played by a confused, and noticeably weary, Marisa Tomei.

By this point, I was exasperated and shut the movie the off. Not only is this final chain of events so predictable, but soon after Keanu and James share an elevator ride together - after a flashback sequence indicated that Reeves had once targeted Spader's wife back in Los Angeles AND SPADER HAD SEEN HIM.

"The Watcher" is about as predictable, scary and haunting as a jack-in-the-box.


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