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Taking Lives -- 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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Directed by
D.J. Caruso 
Writing credits
Michael Pye (novel)

Jon Bokenkamp (screen story)

Jon Bokenkamp (screenplay)

Produced by
Bruce Berman .... executive producer
Alan C. Blomquist .... co-producer
Mark Canton .... producer
Anna DeRoy .... co-producer
Dana Goldberg .... executive producer
Bernie Goldmann .... producer
David Heyman .... executive producer
Josette Perrotta .... associate producer
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
Cinematography by
Amir Mokri (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Tricia Wood 
Production Design by
Tom Southwell 
Art Direction by
Serge Bureau 
Set Decoration by
Suzanne Cloutier 
Anne Galéa 
Amanda Moss Serino 
Costume Design by
Marie-Sylvie Deveau 
Makeup Department
Suzanne Benoit .... hairdresser: Ms. Rowland
Barney Burman .... special makeup effects artist: reshoots
Gillian Chandler .... makeup artist
Marie-Christine Cormier .... assistant hair stylist
Bruno Gatien .... prosthetics makeup artist
Colin Jamison .... hairdresser: Ms. Jolie
Martin Jutras .... prosthetics makeup artist (as Jutras Martin)
Kathy Kelso .... makeup artist: extras
Denise Langelier .... makeup artist: second unit
Martin Lapointe .... hair stylist: extras
Jonathan Lavallée .... prosthetics makeup artist
Adrien Morot .... prosthetics makeup artist
Donald Mowat .... makeup department head
Jennifer Bower O'Halloran .... key hair stylist (as Jennifer O'Halloran)
Corrine Poizat .... hair stylist: second unit (as Corinne Poizat)
Pina Rizzi .... hair stylist
Janeen Schreyer .... makeup artist: Ms. Jolie
Sylvania Yau .... special makeup effects coordinator
Production Management
Alan C. Blomquist .... unit production manager
Daniel R. Chavez .... executive in charge of post production
Pierre Guay .... assistant unit manager
Susan E. Novick .... post-production supervisor
Gilles Perreault .... unit manager
Josette Perrotta .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Alloucherie .... second assistant director
Fabrice Barrilliet .... third assistant director
Alexandre Bernard .... third assistant director: additional second unit
Stéphane Byl .... assistant director
Albert Cho .... first assistant director: second unit
Simon Dugas .... third assistant director
Angèle Gagnon .... second second assistant director: second unit
Agnieszka Kroskowska .... second second assistant director (as Agnieszka Poninska)
Katrina Lee .... second assistant director: second unit
Emilie Malo .... third assistant director
Courtenay Miles .... second assistant director: additional photography
Mic Rodgers .... second unit director
David J. Webb .... first assistant director
Art Department
Peter Bankins .... property master: additional photography
Todd Bennett .... plaster foreman
Jerry Bingham .... storyboard artist
Andre Brochu .... construction supervisor
Michel Brochu .... construction coordinator
Michael Buha .... set dresser: reshoots
Real Capuano .... scenic technician
Louis Dandonneau .... set dresser
Alain Omer Duranceau .... props
Hugues Gaudreault .... extra swing gang
Sophie Grenier .... graphic artist
Jose Holder .... storyboard artist
Cindy Ichikawa .... coordinator
Patrice Jacques .... prop maker
Jean-François Kelahear .... stand-by scenic painter
Pierre L'Heureux .... set designer
Étienne Lapointe-Proulx .... property master (as Etienne Proulx)
Raymond Larose .... set designer
Martine Mongrain .... art department coordinator
Michael O'Donnell .... set dresser
Tim Stadler .... painter
Sound Department
Yann Delpuech .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley assistant
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
Craig Henighan .... sound designer
Mark Johnston .... sound recordist
E. Niles Klein .... sound editorial technical consultant
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Claude La Haye .... production sound mixer
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Anna Malkin .... foley recording assistant
Ron Malligers .... foley mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Joseph Schultz .... assistant sound editor
Joel Shryack .... sound editor
Meg Taylor .... first assistant sound editor
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Dan Yale .... supervising foley editor
Kyle Alexander .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Marc Auclair .... special effects assistant
Louis Craig .... special effects supervisor
Pierre Côté .... special effects technician
Gary D'Amico .... special effects coordinator: Los Angeles
Normand Gobeille .... special effects technician
Chris Jones .... special effects technician
André Laforest .... special effects coordinator
Virginie Léger .... sfx dept coordinator
David A. Poole .... special effects
John Poulter .... special effects technician
Sebastien Roussel .... firework suppervisor
Sebastien Roussel .... pyrotechnician
Ken Rudell .... special effects technician
Ryan Storm .... special effects artist
Michel Verdon .... fabricator/welder
Martin Williams .... special effects rigger
Bernard Guay .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Christian Rivest .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Cheryl Bainum .... executive producer: HATCH
Bret Culp .... on-set supervisor
Deak Ferrand .... matte painter: HATCH
Brian Hanable .... digital effects compositor: Pacific Title
Dimitri Kaliviotis .... special props: straw figurines maker
Tom Lamb .... digital compositor
Patrick Phillips .... visual effects
Rebecca Ramsey .... visual effects producer: Hatch
David Sosalla .... visual effects supervisor
James D. Tittle .... digital visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title
Andrew C. Whitelaw .... digital artist
Guy Bews .... stunt coordinator
Marcello Bezina .... stunts
Eric Bryson .... stunts
Richard Bucher .... stunt double: Ethan Hawke (reshoots)
Stéphane Byl .... stunt double
Alexandre Cadieux .... stunts
Mike Chute .... stunt driver
Marc Désourdy .... stunts
Flint Eagle .... stunt performer
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Greg Fitzpatrick .... stunts
Jean Frenette .... stunt performer
Corry Glass .... stunt double: Angelina Jolie
Tyler Hall .... stunt performer
Kevin Kelsall .... stunt performer
Patrick Kerton .... stunts
Shawn Lane .... utility stunts
Gilbert Larose Jr. .... stunt performer
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunt double
Karine Lemieux .... utility stunts
David McKeown .... stunt driver
Manny Perry .... stunt coordinator: Los Angeles
Alison Reid .... stunts
David Rigby .... stunts
John Ross .... stunts
Javier Segura .... stunt performer
Matthew Taylor .... stunt double
Vanessa White .... stunt double: Angelina Jolie
Geoff Williams .... stunt performer
Brent Woolsey .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Dana Arnold .... lighting technician: re-shoots
Eric Aubin .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Robert B. Baylis .... key grip
Pierre Beaulieu .... lighting technician
Stephane Boisvert .... generator operator
Massimo Bordonaro .... ad/pub services
Richard Boucher .... grip: technocrane
Roch Boucher .... second assistant camera
Greg Brooks .... dolly grip: "b" camera: Los Angeles
Christian Caperaa .... additional first assistant camera
Frédéric Chamberland .... additional assistant camera
Carla Clarke .... assistant camera
Joost Clerinx .... grip
Jean Courteau .... chief lighting technician
Robert Courtemanche .... key grip: second unit
Renato Di Giuseppe .... camera operator: "b" camera
Renato Di Giuseppe .... director of photography: insert unit
David Dinel .... best boy grip: second unit
Amelie Duceppe .... film loader
Sylvaine Dufaux .... camera operator: second unit
Jim Filippone .... pilot: camera helicopter
Gilles Fortier .... rigging gaffer
Eames Gagnon .... gaffer: second unit
Julie Garceau .... video assist operator
Chloe Giroux .... second assistant camera
Guylaine Gosselin .... rigging technician
John Grillo .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Stephanie Girard Hamelin .... video assist operator
Jean Kavanagh .... assistant camera
Martin Lebel .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Eric Lefèbvre .... rigging electrician
Kenneth MacKenzie .... key grip
Alfonso Maiorana .... camera operator: "b" camera 2nd unit
Dop Martin Bouchard .... second assistant camera (as Martin Bouchard)
Alain Masse .... dolly grip
Greg Mayer .... set electrician: re-shoot
Don McCuaig .... director of photography: second unit
Tim Merkel .... Steadicam operator
Tim Merkel .... camera operator: "a" camera
Christian Navennec .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Alex Nepomniaschy .... cinematographer: additional photography
Colin Noel .... rigger
Chris Pavlu .... electrician
Craig Price .... grip: Los Angeles
Mathieu Price .... grip
David Reinhard .... camera loader: second unit
Dale Robinette .... still photographer
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Martin St-Antoine .... key rigging grip
Paul Viau .... best boy
Martine Vincent .... grip
Chuck Weiss .... digital video assist operator: additional photography
Casting Department
Gabriel Lavina .... casting assistant: Montreal
Jennifer L. Smith .... casting associate
Cathy Weiner .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean-François Desjardins .... dresser: Ms. Jolie
Emmanuelle Godbout .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Julian Andraus .... assistant editor
Bradford L. Dean .... assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Chris Jackson .... assistant editor
Julia Nessling-Douglas .... digital intermediate producer
Jim Page .... additional editor
Keith Shaw .... colorist: mastering
Peter G. Smith .... assistant editor
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... assistant music editor
Joe Lisanti .... music editor
Michael Riesman .... conductor
Walter Werzowa .... composer: main titles
Transportation Department
Michel Boulanger .... driver: producer
Richard Chabot .... driver: second unit
Victor Labelle .... artist driver: Olivier Martinez
James Sanchez .... transportation captain
Joe Sanchez .... transportation coordinator
Jerome Wheeler .... driver
Gerry Prevost .... driver: Montreal (uncredited)
Gerry Prévost .... driver: Montreal (uncredited)
Dominic Thiffault .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Marie-Elaine Bailly .... production coordinator
Lynn Beaudin .... location manager
Stephanie Beaudin .... assistant location manager
Melanie Bergeron .... key medic
Pierre Blondin .... location supervisor
Martin Brisebois .... stand-in: Ethan Hawke
Brinton Bryan .... set production assistant: additional photography
Jennifer Bydwell .... clearance coordinator
Tom Carson .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography
Ryan Churchill .... body double: Ethan Hawke
Jean-Philippe Collin .... stand-in: Tchéky Karyo
Alain Dahan .... location manager
Caroline Desbiolles .... assistant location manager
Hervé Desbois .... stand-in
C.J. Dixon .... assistant: Bernie Goldmann
François Doré .... police consultant: Surete du Quebec
Genevieve Doyon .... production assistant
Harvey Drouelle .... daily production assistant
Carey Field .... set production assistant: additional photography
Mark Frazier .... assistant: Mark Canton
Paule Girardin .... production coordinator: second unit
Holly Goline .... assistant: Angelina Jolie
Jean-Patrick Joseph .... special equipment supplier
Marc Julien .... set production assistant: second unit
Lauren Feige Keskinel .... assistant: Alan Blomquist (as Lauren Feige)
Liam Kiernan .... assistant location manager
Adrian Knight .... location manager
Agnieszka Kroskowska .... body and hand double: Angelina Jolie
Marie La Haye .... continuity
Carinne Leduc .... photo double: Angelina Jolie
Cara Leibovitz .... unit publicist
Marie-Laure Lemaire Viens .... production assistant
Maryse Lesage .... second production coordinator
Josh Levitan .... assistant: Bernie Goldmann
Eva MacGregor .... assistant accountant
Dana Mackey .... assistant: D.J. Caruso
Melanie Morin .... accounting clerk
Brian O'Donnell .... second unit production assistant
Denis Paquette .... assistant location manager
Paulo Quintans .... production assistant (as Paulo Quintas)
Kelly Reiter .... dialect coach
Ryan Robertson .... main title producer
Bernard Rodrigue .... location manager: second unit
Jean-François Roesler .... production assistant
Lise Servant .... payroll accountant
Jenny Siff .... production secretary: additional photography
Kathy Ann Thomas .... production secretary
Silenn Thomas .... assistant: Mark Canton
Melanie Tolbert .... stand-in
Yanick Veilleux .... production assistant
Natacha Williams .... production assistant
Jeff Winn .... craft service
Garson Yu .... title designer
Pierre-Olivier Belzile .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tanya Nesi .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong violence including disturbing images, language and some sexuality
103 min | USA:109 min (unrated version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Australia:M (TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A | Canada:R (director's cut) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-15 | France:12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hong Kong:III (director's cut) | Iceland:16 | Indonesia:Dewasa | Ireland:18 | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:18SG | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 (director's cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (edited for re-rating) | Singapore:R(A) (original rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:16 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:15 | USA:R | USA:Unrated (director's cut)

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A scene was shot in which Angelina 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 »
Continuity: After striking Matt Soulsby, the Suburban is veering hard left off the road, in the next shot it is heading straight.See more »
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36 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something gruesome. . ., 23 March 2004
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Taking Lives is a police procedural about a serial killer whose M.O. is to `take' his successive victims' identities as well as their lives. He does this because he doesn't like who he is. His mother (a campy Gena Rowlands) preferred his twin brother and he vents his resentment about this over and over in his life of gruesome crime. This approach to sequential murder is the point of originality in what otherwise in most ways is a quite conventional film. It's directed by D.J. Caruso, a director of many TV cop flicks whose previous full-length movie, The Salton Sea, was a tweaker saga with Val Kilmer and Vincent D'Onofrio that was rich in cheesy atmosphere. This one makes more sense and carries some respectable thrills, but it's not certain it's altogether an improvement.

The movie begins with an intriguingly stylized prologue that shows the young teenage killer on his maiden voyage. He has probably already killed his twin brother. Now he has hit the road armed with a big wad of cash acquired by selling his mother's stolen jewelry, though we don't know all that till later. All we see is a sly, strange boy who meets another youth on a bus, hears his life story, and when the bus gets stuck on the highway, buys a cheap used car for them to continue traveling in. While they're fixing a flat, he pushes his traveling companion in front of a passing truck and his life of murderous identity theft begins.

The staging of this segment is edgy, the lighting baroque, the boys and the landscape vivid. While the filmmakers have our attention they create an original atmosphere that's not ever quite equaled when the story skips forward to the present.

For those of us weaned on Miss Marple, it's a bit of a shock to have a head dick as distractingly pretty as Angelina Jolie, she of the lips. Whether this was a smart career choice for Ms. Jolie is debatable. She works hard to be convincing. Another wrinkle - hardly a new one, though - is that once the killer has been `made', he constantly points out his similarities with her. She's FBI, but she's as focused on killing as he is. She dines and sleeps with photos of bashed heads and lopped limbs perched in front of her: she's a bit ghoulish in her obsession with her work. But serial killers and their chief investigators always bond, if we're to go by the Hannibal Lector stories.

Iliana (Jolie) has been called in by French Canadian homicide detectives, one of whom, Olivier Martinez, has lips as voluptuous as hers. His boss, Tchéky Karyo, is suave and European; but the best of the three, Jean-Hugues Anglade, is merely beat-up looking and real. It's another minor twist that this movie was not only shot in Canada, but is actually set there, though the filmmakers insist on perversely saying it's Montreal, while constantly showing views of Quebec City as establishing shots. All three French actors speak an English that's hard to understand. I could have done without Martinez's glam looks in favor of someone with clearer diction. His mumbles may have worked for him as Diane Lane's Euro-hunk lover in Unfaithful, but for a police procedural, they don't.

As time goes on the baroque cinematography, which casts three quarters of every scene in deep shadow, begins to be as murky as the staccato Frenchified dialogue. Nonetheless the movie is stylish and watchable, up to a point. Ethan Hawke appears as a nervous witness who tries to save one of the murder victims and makes a drawing of the killer. His role evolves into one of the edgiest things he's done. Already ravaged and gaunt from his impending breakup with Uma, poor chap, he gives this his tortured all. It's been a long way from the bland schoolboy role in Dead Poets Society that first brought him notice. Kiefer Sutherland does a turn that has become a cliché for him. The obvious surprises nonetheless still seem surprising, though the finale is pure camp, shameful really. A sudden car chase is irritating and unnecessary, though happily brief.

Since we began with a close look at the killer, throughout the rest we miss his point of view. Even when we get close to him we're teased into thinking we don't know who he is. The audience is left longing for a more intimate picture of the criminal psychopathic mind (à la Highsmith), the sort of thing that the flashback opening sequence hinted at. Throughout one feels that director Caruso is reaching for something a little bit original. He even has a score by Philip Glass, which used to be a distinction. It hardly is any more. There are three movies with Glass music showing right now: this, Secret Window, and The Fog of War. Taking Lives has been widely reviled by critics whose impatience with the genre makes them overlook the fact that it's really a bit above average - if we ignore the crappy final scene.

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