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Suspect Zero (2004)

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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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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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$27,000,000 (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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When Mackelway and Kulok (Eckhart and Moss) visit the home O'Ryan (Kingsley) grew up in, the haunting melody one of the home's residents is playing on the piano is Chopin's Nocturne Opus 55 No 1. See more »

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As Agent Mackelway follows the patient that asked him about the 50-foot fish, he, Mackelway, puts some paper into his left jacket pocket. When the shot changes, he's holding the paper in his right hand. At the next shot, the paper is gone. See more »

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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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References Deep Red (1975) See more »

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Flirtin' with Disaster
(1979)
Written by David Lawrence Hlubek (as Dave Hlubek), Danny Joe Brown and Banner Harvey Thomas (as Banner H. Thomas)
Performed by Molly Hatchet
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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