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Suspect Zero (2004)

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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Rich Charleton
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Julian Reyes ...
Highway Patrolman
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Raymond Starkey
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Loretta
Ellen Blake ...
Dolly
William B. Johnson ...
Mel
Jerry Gardner ...
Sheriff Harry Dylan
Daniel Patrick Moriarty ...
Bud Granger
Curtis Plagge ...
Jumbo
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Katie Potter
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Bill Grieves
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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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Rated R for violent content, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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27 August 2004 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$8,712,564 (USA) (15 October 2004)
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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 »

Goofs

Nicole DeHuff's character is named "Katie Payton", but in the end credits is named "Katie Potter". See more »

Quotes

Benjamin O'Ryan: I know what you're thinking. "Pain is coming. Will I take it like a man?" Well, let me put you at ease. You won't - but none of them do. Men, women, children, they all weep, they all beg, they pass out, they piss themselves, they attempt negotiation. You wouldn't believe how many men I've seen lying right where you're lying right now, grown men with wives and children at home, offering all kinds of sexual gratification for a five-minute reprieve. It's pathetic.
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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 »

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Featured in What We See When We Close Our Eyes (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

What a Dream It's Been
(1999)
Written by Robert Williams
Performed by Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
Courtesy of Hightone Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Excellent supernatural/psychological thriller
10 September 2004 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and I thought the pacing was great. A slightly (expected) corny Hollywood ending, but don't let that get you down.

Comparisons with Seven and the Silence of the Lambs franchise are correct. Also reminded me rather of "The Ring" (US version) in its photography and "flashback"/recollection sequences. Ben Kingsley is excellent as the tortured and almost demonic shadow - delighted to see him finding darker roles at last (Sexy Beast, House of Sand & Fog). Didn't like the FBI characters too much, but overall I thought it was a gripping and well above average attempt at the well-worn serial killer theme. Is Zak Penn related to Sean Penn?? Sorry to be idiotic....


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