Method (2004)

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A celebrity actress who gets her dream role playing real-life 19th century serial killer Belle Gunness in a feature film, starts to take on the characteristics of the character both on-screen and off.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Fields
Oliver Tobias ...
Carmen Du Sautoy ...
Mother (Mona)
Timothy Stevens
Mr. Hinkley
Bethany Fields
Robin Soans ...
Mr. Helgelein
Peter Banks ...
Ioana Pavelescu ...
Maria Pintea ...
Marinela Chelaru ...
Agnes (as Marilena Chelaru)
Razvan Popa ...
John, the DP (as Popa Razvan)
Matthew Woodcutt ...
Banker (as Matthew [Mapps] Woodcutt)


Rebecca Fairbanks is a movie star, a method actress making her first film in three years following a breakup with Jake Fields, her co-star in the new film. They're on location in Romania, Jake's new wife is with him, and Rebecca's stage mother, Mona, is close by monitoring Beka's every move. The film they're making is about a mass murderer in Indiana in the early twentieth century, who lured men to her farmhouse with a promise of marriage. Jake plays the widow's farmhand, lover, and partner in crime. As Rebecca gets deeper into her part, people around the set start to die. Who's the murderer? Is there a madness to her method? Written by <>

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In the UK this went straight to DVD. No theatrical release. See more »


In a scene from the movie-within-the-movie, set in the 1900s, a traveling salesman is paid in modern currency. See more »


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Title Card: Belle Gunness, responsible for more than 40 murders, was never brought to justice.
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METHOD needs to improve its methods.
17 March 2005 | by (Phoenix, Arizona) – See all my reviews

In the real world people learn from mistakes. Players in Hollywood apparently feel no need to learn from mistakes. Case in point: METHOD. This beautifully shot but badly edited film is eerily similar to the beautifully shot but badly edited film THE WEIGHT OF WATER. Producers of these films obviously spent a lot of money on stars, sets, costumes, locations, equipment, etc. Directors of these films actually had good story to work with. Yet, in the end, both films don't work. In an attempt to dazzle the audience by interweaving the past with the present using slick editing techniques, the directors weaken the credibility of the story as well as confuse the audience. Regarding the story lines, both employ some type of mysterious karmic influence between people of the past and people in the present. Although this is probably a good plot device, it has to be believable, which it isn't in these two movies. Once last point: Elizabeth Hurley happens to be in both of these movies. I would love to know if she tried to point out to the producer and director of METHOD that THE WEIGHT OF WATER was very similar and didn't really work. If she did, why didn't they listen? And if she didn't, I guess she only wants to collect a paycheck.

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