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Like Minds (2006)

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A forensic psychologist (Collette) is tasked with determining whether or not a minor should face murder charges for killing his schoolmate.


(as Gregory J. Read)


(as Gregory J. Read)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Colbie
Martin McKenzie
Susan Mueller
Jon Overton ...
Josh Campbell (as Jonathan Overton)
Amit Shah ...
Raj Mehta
John Colbie
Helen Colbie
Hugh Sachs ...
Rev Donaldson
Liam McKenna ...
Mr Fergus
Bryan Robson ...
Mr Evans
Paul Sonkkila ...
Police Bureaucrat
Craig Crosbie ...


The forensic psychiatric Sally Rowe is called by Detective Martin Mackenzie to analyze the profile of the teenager Alex Forbes, who was found in a train station holding the body of his schoolmate Nigel Colby and with powder in his hand. Alex discloses his relationship with Nigel, who believes that they were descendants of the Templar Knights, and how Nigel used the power of his mind to control him. Mackenzie believes that Alex is the killer, but Susan investigates the family of Nigel under pressure of Alex's father, and finds that all of them belong to an ancient and powerful secret society. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Two evil geniuses. Too brilliant to be caught. Except by each other. See more »


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 November 2006 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Murderous Intent  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Gregory Read's feature film debut. See more »


When Alex reads Nigel's book and looks at Nigel's family tree, Nigel's last name is spelled Colbie. However, when he is reading the newspaper at the end, Nigel's name is spelled Colby. See more »


Josh Campbell: Alex is an egocentric megalomaniac with delusions of grandeur.
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References The 39 Steps (1935) See more »

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A Dark, Finely Wrought Mystery of the Highest Caliber!
17 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For some strange reason the very fine Australian/British film LIKE MINDS underwent a name change and hit the US market as MURDEROUS INTENT. The original title is so much more apropos of the story: the alternate title tends to make the audience pass over 'just another death film' category that prevents this excellent little film from appealing to a wide audience. Writer/Director Gregory J. Reed and his talented cast and production staff deserve better as this is a stunning psychological drama well worth seeing.

The setting is an all boys' prep school and among the students is Alex (a very fine young Eddie Redmayne) who happens to be the son of the headmaster (Patrick Malahide) and is a brilliant scholar - if somewhat of a troublemaker at the same time. Into this setting arrives a new student Nigel (an equally fine young Tom Sturridge) who is a darkly quiet, malevolent, bright lad preoccupied with history and necrophilia. The two boys are placed together as roommates, much to Alex's objections, and gradually secrets are unraveled that show how the two boys become, via gestalt, a sum of evil greater than its parts. Alex is horrified and yet fascinated with the ritual-influenced deaths that begin to occur and when Nigel himself is murdered, Alex is the blamed.

Enter the police: McKenzie (Richard Roxburgh) arrests and charges Alex with murder, but requires substantiation from a forensic psychologist Sally (the always superb Toni Collette). Sally interviews Alex, observes his behavior and manages to get inside his mind, learn about the historical data that has directed the evil from her astute questioning sessions with Alex, and begins to follow her own intuition about the case. There are twists and turns, flashbacks to incidents, investigation details, and discoveries bordering on the occult that spin this dark yarn like a helix of fear. The ending will surprise the viewer.

The script is superb, the acting is top notch, the production design is accomplished and the musical score by Carlo Giacco is simply brilliant. This is a fine art film, graced by the quality of superior acting set by Collette, and is a tense drama that will keep an audience thinking and involved to the final credits. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp

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