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Taking Lives (2004)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  19 March 2004 (USA)
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An FBI profiler is called in by French Canadian police to catch a serial killer who takes on the identity of each new victim.

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The film starts in the early 1980s. Young Martin Asher took a bus for Canada. He meets another teen on the bus Matt Soulsby. When the bus broke they decided to rent a car and drive to Seattle. On the road the car gets a flat tire, and Matt starts changing the tire Martin comments on how he and Matt are about the same height and he quickly pushes Matt in the way of an oncoming truck causing a huge accident where Matt and the driver both die. He took Matt's guitar and left singing like Matt did. Twenty years later, an FBI profiler, Illeana Scott comes to Canada to help hunting down a serial killer Martin Asher who killed multiple men and lived by their identities. Martin's mother claims that she saw Martin in Quebec city and she tells the police that Martin is evil. The police also has an eyewitness James Costa who saw Asher kill his last victim... Written by victoria

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He Would Kill To Be You.


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Rated R for strong violence including disturbing images, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$32,378 (Norway) (30 April 2004)

Gross:

$32,682,342 (USA) (28 May 2004)
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Screenwriters Nicholas Kazan, Hillary Seitz and David Ayer worked on revisions for Jon Bokenkamp's script. See more »

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When Costa is in the bar, he receives a note instructing him "Meet me in the restroom". In Canada, the correct terminology is "washroom", and someone asking where the restroom is will frequently be met with blank looks. See more »

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Mediocre formula thriller
18 February 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I hired a DVD of this feeble movie for $1.00, and was sorry that I had wasted almost two hours of my life. I kept watching only because I was hoping for an explanation of the the various mysteries it throws up. For example —

How does a serial killer take over the identity of a series of victims without running into problems such as encountering the real persons' friends? How does he get a driver's license, or a bank account?

In the first of his murders, when he shoves an acquaintance in front of a truck on a smooth roadway, why does the vehicle fly into the air and somersault to destruction?

Why does the killer's mother have photos of her son only as a child but not as a teenager?

Why does somebody you owe money to lurk about in the shadows but not meet you face to face until the plot requires it?

Why does a kidnap victim with a gun at his head drive at high speed through a city instead of switching off the ignition?

Why does a cop who is supposed to be guarding a potential victim wait out in the street next to a taxi?

And finally, why does Angelina Jolie get into the sack with sexless Ethan Hawke when Olivier Martinez is on hand?

The good thing about DVD's, of course, is that one can watch the last third of the film at 1.5 speed, with on screen subtitles, to the final contrived and unbelievable climax.

Better still, give up movies and read a book.


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