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(2004)

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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.
Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise and Ben Affleck were all said to have expressed interest in appearing in the project in the late 1990s. Cruise eventually took up a position as producer on the project instead, but he asked to have his name removed from the credits just prior to release.
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.
Ben Kingsley's character's name, O'Ryan, is a homonym of Orion , the Hunter.
The script came to Carrie-Anne Moss a couple of weeks after she heard about 'remote viewing' on The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986). Since this movie is based on this subject, she said that she took it as a sign.
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This is the first movie Carrie-Anne Moss did after The Matrix (1999) trilogy that she has been known for.
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The movie was funded in conjunction with New Mexico's Film Investment Program.
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The original 1995 draft by Zak Penn circulated around Hollywood for seven years before finally being made. After several drafts were rejected, the original draft, with several revisions by Billy Ray, was used for shooting.
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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.
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Richard Friedenberg, Ben Affleck, and Paul Schrader all worked on rewriting the script before Billy Ray.
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The DVD contained a video showing a Taoist technique to open the 3rd eye in order to remote view
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At the end, Mackelway tells O'Ryan that killing the "suspect zero" pedophile will not rid the world of evil, that there are thousands of more such deviants out in the world and O'Ryan looks shocked/dismayed. The whole gist is an allusion to the novel "Moby Dick" when Captain Ahab is obsessively convinced that killing the white whale will rid the world of evil. This allusion also explains the repeated references to hunting a giant fish in the movie.
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The final scene features an overhead shot of Mackleway holding O'Ryan's body at the center of a Fibonacci spiral made of stones; this scene echoes O'Ryan's drawing of the black hole which Mackleway found hidden behind the wallpaper of the former's room. The image suggests the fate into which O'Ryan believes both he and Mackleway have been sucked.
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