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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 ...
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Jerry Gardner ...
Sheriff Harry Dylan
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Bud Granger
Curtis Plagge ...
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Katie Potter
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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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$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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This is the first movie Carrie-Anne Moss did after The Matrix (1999) trilogy that she has been known for. See more »

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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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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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Music by Euphemia Allen
Performed by John H. Skehan III
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Stylish Serial-Killer Movie
6 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I very much enjoyed the stylish way this serial-killer movie was presented. It also gets high points for keeping ones interest all the way.

Aaron Eckhart and Ben Kisnley are very good. Kinslgey, unfortunately, doesn't appear until over halfway through but made up for his lack of screen time with an intense performance. He's good at that sort of thing (see "Sexy Beast" for another recent example.)

The story, claimed to be a true one out of U.S. military files, is still a bit "suspect" to me, because I know Hollywood's hatred for the military, but this could be true. Perhaps there was just a project, but I am also skeptical of these ESP-type stories which the film world loves to promote, along with any kind of occult theory.

Nonetheless, this is a very interesting film, nicely shot and an underrated one since it never got much publicity. If you like crimes movies, this movie is one to check out.


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