On a remote island, the FBI has a training program for their psychological profiling division, called "Mindhunters", used to track down serial killers. The training goes horribly wrong, however, when a group of seven young agents discover that one of them is a serial killer, and is setting about slaying the others. Can the few that are left figure out who the killer is in time? Written by
All of the time lapse shadow movement in the film was performed digitally. See more »
At the end Lucas is shot in the top of his head and falls over in the water. When he's in closeup, just as he is about to tip over, his arms are down his body. Then in the next shot from the water surface, he actually falls in the water and his arms are raised above his head like he's diving in. Being dead he would not put his hands up in the air. See more »
You Can't Hold Me Down
Written by G. Wilkinson / M. Wadell / N. Adderley
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I went into this movie with rather low expectations. In fact, had it not been for a couple of the actors on the credits-list and a fairly decent grading here at IMDb, I would've probably stayed far away from this movie.
The movie actually started off a good deal better then expected. Decent acting, some nice cinematography, a pretty worn down, though interesting enough plot - the typical "just for fun, going terribly wrong"-theme. A group of FBI profiler-trainees going to a secluded island, to train in isolation, as their rather eccentric teacher (Kilmer) supposedly leaves them to themselves. But obviously something quickly goes wrong, a member gets killed, and the usual race against time sets in to find out who the killer is before each and every member of the team gets plucked out.
The movie actually has the potential to turn into a suspense and clever psychological thriller. An island full of trained profilers, a twisted serial killer amongst them, traps, puzzles, showdowns within the group, the attempt to understand the mind of this lunatic killer before the clock runs out. But this is unfortunately where the movie fails completely. The lack of creativity in story-writing is so apparent you just wanna scream. Every single thing has been seen before, and usually delivered a lot better then this. For some reason, the most talented and interesting actors are taken out of action extremely early on, the rest of the team, (most of all LL Cool J and Velasques), deliver uneven, if not directly terrible performances, the score is often very misplaced, usually destroying tension and suspense rather then building it.
Regardless, the biggest problem with the movie is by far the story, which is mostly predictable, boring and full of bad clichés. Really creates an apparent sense that the writer suffered from either laziness or mere lack of intelligence. The biggest paradox perhaps, is the fact that the movie deals with a subject as complicated and interesting as the human mind and the profiling of killers, but itself shows a complete lack of understanding of this. The characters are often 2-dimensional and you simply just don't connect to them or care, dialogue is as a consequence of this just as bad, if not worse, and the movie therefor never really manages to get far enough under the skin of it's own theme to get interesting. Throughout most of the movie I was on the edge of just turning it off due to the sense that I was just waisting my time, and actually did punch the "power off"-button on my remote a couple of times. The only reasons I managed to get through it was that little shred of curiosity to see if the movie actually had an ending worth the mindless hour and a half I'd spent on it (it didn't), and then having to actually watch it through so I could write this review with a clear conscience, and warn everybody in danger of watching this.
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