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The Oxford Murders (2008)

 -  Crime | Mystery | Thriller  -  2 July 2010 (USA)
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At Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try to stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols.

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At Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try to stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols.

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Rated R for language, sexual content/nudity and some violence/disturbing images | See all certifications »

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2 July 2010 (USA)  »

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Los crímenes de Oxford  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,191 (USA) (6 August 2010)

Gross:

$3,607 (USA) (13 August 2010)
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Trivia

(at around 18 mins) The film gives a nod to director Brian De Palma with an apparently seamless 2+ minute tracking shot, traveling through multiple interior and exterior locations to reveal the first murder victim. See more »

Goofs

Bormat's Last Theorem should be Fermat's Last Theorem. It is very surprising since the script gives fairly accurate details of its proof down to the modular forms and elliptic curves. Further, it was solved by Andrew Wiles, not 'Henry Wilkins'. See more »

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Arthur Seldom: Poor old Guy Fawkes was ahead of his time. He tried to blow up the parliament, the king, lords, & the whole bloody government inside. Since then, every November the 5th we've had this civilized celebration where we burn his image... though nowadays I'd be hard pushed to tell you whether it's to commemorate his failure, or his brilliant idea.
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Orchestral Suite nº1 in C Major, BMW 1006:1 Overture
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Felix Prohaska and Vienna State Opera Orchestra
©2003 Vanguard Classics
Courtesy of Vanguard Classics
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Great use of actual math and philosophical logic in an old-fashioned murder mystery
19 January 2011 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

An ambitious mathematics grad student in number theory, Martin (Elijah Wood), arrives in Oxford eager to work with famed Professor Seldom (John Hurt). The film refreshingly starts with a brief history of math and the philosophical stances of both characters on the subject. Then the first murder occurs, with of course the use of a symbol that begs the assistance of Professor Seldom and Martin in the police case.

"The Oxford Murders" is good because it uses actual math and consistent logic. One of their only deviations is the use of Bormat's Last Theorem instead of Fermat's Last Theorem but that is just to keep in line with its fictional characters. There were perhaps a few too many twists but it was well enough written that most of them probably could have been predicted.

It plays out exactly like an old-fashioned murder mystery and set in compelling Oxford University. Like old-fashioned murder mysteries, there is no violence or gore but has a liberal use of profanity and sexual nudity (but Wood and Leonor Watling are very attractive so that's not an issue). I enjoyed the use of math and logic in "The Oxford Murders" and will likely search out future films from the writers and director.


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