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Taking Lives (2004)

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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:
Young Asher
Matt Soulsby
Billy Two Rivers ...
Car Salesman
Richard Lemire ...
Québec City Cop
Québec City Inspector
Medical Examiner
Interrogation Officer


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 down 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 in that moment 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 hunt down the now 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 USA:

$11,458,465, 21 March 2004, Wide Release

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Did You Know?


A scene was shot in which Illeana drives back to her house with the old pick-up and a branch from a tree falls and breaks the windshield. It took several takes to get the shot, and apparently destroyed the last remaining windshields for the pick-up available anywhere in North America at the time. The scene was not used. See more »


During the car chase, there are several shots from the point of view of the chase car. The barrel of the gun being pointed at the driver in the lead car is clearly an older style revolver. However, in subsequent shots and flashbacks we see that the gun is a more modern semi-automatic. See more »


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Good, creepy, solid thriller
28 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Taking Lives is the story of a serial killer who murders loners and usurps their identities for a time before moving on to the next victim. The story centers around an FBI agent (Angelina Jolie) as she tracks the killer down.

I enjoyed this movie. It has the characteristic gore required for such films, but done in a far different way and in a manner that actually contributes to the plot, not just for the sheer shock value. It has the characteristic plot turns and twists designed to keep you guessing, but for the most part they are well thought out and not just gags from over-clever writers. And it does have a rather solid ending. Too many of these "keep you guessing" thrillers disappoint you in the end, this one doesn't.

Angelina Jolie is very solid in this role, redeeming her in my eyes after her stints in the horrible Lara Croft films. The supporting cast is good as well. Ethan Hawke (who plays a man believed to be the next victim) is less believable in his own role, sometimes he plays the character so obviously exaggerated it loses it's substance. This "obviousness" keeps me from giving it a 10, I can only give it an 8.

I am glad to finally have a film actually set in Canada with Canadian characters and locales, and not simply filmed there to save money.

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