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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Curtis Plagge ...
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Bill Grieves


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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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$7.5 million of the budget came from the state of New Mexico through an interest-free loan. In return, the state will get 2.5% of the box office, until it makes $90 million or over, at which point they will get 3% of the gross. See more »


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


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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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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Sleeper or snorer?
25 August 2004 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

There's a few interesting twists and turns in this film but not nearly enough to save it. Ben Kingsley gives a wonderful performance as a man that has spent too many years looking through the eyes of monsters. Aaron Eckhart is intense as the agent on the hunt. However, Carrie-Anne Moss seems to have text messaged her performance in. The camera work looked good, but was so formula it could have been straight out of a cinematography textbook. It uses virtually every camera trick ever seen in every movie Hitchcock ever made. "Suspect Zero" has the potential to be a thoroughly spellbinding film, but manages to come up short. Out of five stars, I'd rate it 2.5.

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