Suspect Zero (2004)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  27 August 2004 (USA)
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A mysterious serial killer is hunting other serial killers - and one FBI agent suspects there may be more to the vigilante than they imagine.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rich Charleton
Julian Reyes ...
Highway Patrolman
Raymond Starkey
Ellen Blake ...
William B. Johnson ...
Jerry Gardner ...
Sheriff Harry Dylan
Daniel Patrick Moriarty ...
Bud Granger
Curtis Plagge ...
Katie Potter
Bill Grieves


When Dallas FBI Agent Thomas Mackelway violates serial killer Raymond Starkey's civil rights during an unorthodox arrest, Starkey goes free and Mackelway is demoted to a remote branch of the agency in Albuquerque. His first day on the job, Mackelway investigates the murder of traveling salesman Harold Speck, which turns out to be the first of three seemingly random killings. Perhaps they are not random at all. The last to die is Mackelway's nemesis, Raymond Starkey. The assignment consumes him, his past mistakes haunt him, and his head throbs constantly as he tries to find the link between the victims that will lead him to their killer while the case becomes increasingly gruesome and patently personal. This does not go unnoticed by his unflappable partner Fran Kulok, who knows of Mackelway's past and the demons that afflict him. Like Mackelway, she becomes drawn into the labyrinth of chilling clues, all of which point to the enigmatic Benjamin O'Ryan. O'Ryan clearly has a connection ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent content, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nulti osumljičeni  »

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Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,446,375 (USA) (27 August 2004)


$8,712,564 (USA) (15 October 2004)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Uncredited producer Tom Cruise was impressed with Carrie-Anne Moss for this film that he wanted her in his next film Mission: Impossible III (2006) but due to schedule delays, she had to leave the project. See more »


While Mackelway is reading his first fax, some of the pieces of paper on the right side of the bulletin board appear and disappear between shots. See more »


Benjamin O'Ryan: [having sat across from Speck without his notice] What's in the case?
Harold Speck: [looks up, startled] I'm sorry?
Benjamin O'Ryan: You're always lugging that case around. I'm curious. What do you sell?
Harold Speck: I'm in restaurant supplies. I'm-I'm sorry, I didn't get your name.
Benjamin O'Ryan: You must travel a lot, huh? Whole country or just hereabouts?
Harold Speck: I-I don't mean to be rude, but, uh...
Benjamin O'Ryan: How's your wife feel about it?
Harold Speck: What?
Benjamin O'Ryan: She must get lonely, you gone all the time. Does she?
Harold Speck: Look, I...
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Crazy Credits

The opening Paramount logo is brown (to resemble the desert) and the water in the Intermedia logo is black. See more »


References Deep Red (1975) See more »


Written by Santiago Jiménez (as Santiago Jimenez)
Performed by Santiago Jiménez (as Santiago Jimenez)
Courtesy of Arhoolie Records
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Good mystery... for patient viewers
15 April 2007 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

After a series of grisly murders FBI Agent Mackelway suspects that they are linked. And that the killer may actually be after another serial killer who may or may not really exist. Naturally, his colleagues think that he is nuts, but that doesn't stop him from investigating.

This movie is a perfect example of flawed masterpiece. The plot is very interesting. The plot twists are surprising. The performances are good. The film's originality good enough to enjoy and the suspense is great. However, despite this there is still something missing. Something so critical that even though the film shines in many respects by the end you feel like you could have gotten so much more. That missing element would have to be part pace and part presentation. The film starts very slowly, but picks up once more clues are revealed by Mackelway. Though this is at least halfway through the movie. Then the presentation is a bit weird. It makes the film standout from others, but it also makes it confusing in parts, namely the beginning. Then by the time it is finished you feel more like you have just watched a good X-Files episode.

Overall it is a good mystery for patient audiences. --- 7/10

Rated R for grim violence

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