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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
André Lacoste ...
Billy Two Rivers ...
Richard Lemire ...
Québec City Cop
Julien Poulin ...
Christian Tessier ...


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 March 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Elude võtmine  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,458,465 (USA) (19 March 2004)


$32,682,342 (USA) (28 May 2004)

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Did You Know?


The source novel's character equivalent to Illeana is James Costa, a British museum curator. Martin Asher's analog is Martin Arkenhout, a native of Holland. The prime settings of the novel are England and Portugal. See more »


Commenting a photograph of her son, Mrs. Asher says that "their first symphony" was "The Magic Flute". "The Magic Flute" is a Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart opera, not a symphony. See more »


[first lines]
Cashier: Where are you going?
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Referenced in The Ax (2005) See more »


Music by U2
Lyrics by Bono and The Edge
Performed by U2
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Entertaining, But Too Easy To Solve
21 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a so-so serial killer movie with good and bad marks. The good marks were mainly for keeping the viewer's interest. You don't fall asleep watching this film. Angeline Jolie looks as good as I've ever seen her, facially and figure-wise.

The film loses marks for an easy-to-solve story, some credibility gaps especially later in the movie and too small a part for Keifer Sutherland to get third billing. He has a very short role in here, hardly worth billing which was a bit disappointing.

Also, the French accents by Jean-Hgues Anglade and Tcheky Karyo were hard for me to understand, forcing me to put on the English subtitles.

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