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Three apparently unrelated suicides occur on the same day in Tokyo. One involves a young athlete, one a groom at his wedding reception, and the third an elderly man celebrating his wife's birthday. A middle aged detective investigating one of the cases begins to suspect a connection between the three when he discovers that each person mentioned a "green monkey" before they died. With the help of a young psychiatrist he formulates the theory that hypnosis is somehow involved. In the mean time other bizarre "suicides" are reported and the mystery intensifies. Who will be next? What is the truth? Can more deaths be prevented? Written by Infofreak

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Starts out silly, but becomes a rather effective thriller
14 September 2001 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

The Hypnotist begins with a series of strange, and rather cheesy, suicides. It then turns into a whodunit thriller involving cops, psychoanalysts, and a shady TV hypnotist. Plotwise, that's as far as I go. What amazed me was how engrossing the story became as it got closer to the end. Suddenly, the story became more mysterious, eerie, and tense.

The acting is solid throughout, especially the older detective. The special effects are not the best, but on occasion quite effective.

Best of all, the movie contains some truly creepy and gripping moments. A lone figure hanging on a neon sign, an interrogation that becomes rather sinister, a race against the clock to save a potential victim, and the actual villain at the end. I was really surprised how well the movie built to its conclusion, especially after its average beginning.


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