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Mr. Brooks -- Successful businessman, generous philanthropist, loving father and devoted husband, Mr. Brooks seems perfect. But he has a secret - his alter ego is an insatiable serial killer, so lethally clever that no one has ever suspected him - until now.

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Writers (WGA):
Bruce A. Evans (written by) &
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Release Date:
1 June 2007 (USA) See more »
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A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
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Brilliant suspense and tension...Mr. Brooks really keeps you thinking See more (343 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Kevin Costner ... Mr. Earl Brooks

Demi Moore ... Det. Tracy Atwood

Dane Cook ... Mr. Smith

William Hurt ... Marshall

Marg Helgenberger ... Emma Brooks

Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Hawkins

Danielle Panabaker ... Jane Brooks

Aisha Hinds ... Nancy Hart

Lindsay Crouse ... Captain Lister

Jason Lewis ... Jesse Vialo

Reiko Aylesworth ... Sheila - Jesse's Lawyer

Matt Schulze ... Thorton Meeks

Yasmine Delawari ... Sunday

Traci Dinwiddie ... Sarah Leaves

Michael Cole ... Atwood's Lawyer
Jim Farnum ... Master of Ceremonies

Megan Brown ... Dance Couple (Woman)

Ross Francis ... Dance Couple (Man)

Kit Gwin ... Detective Carfagno

Marcus Hester ... Detective Smolny

Jamie McShane ... Crime Lab Technician

Laura Bailey ... Flight Attendant

Jon Paul Burkhart ... Flight Attendant
Matthew Posey ... AA Leader

Brandon Ray Olive ... Summons Server (as Brandon Olive)
Rosie Cafarelli ... Vaughn
Ben Glass ... ER Doctor

Kanin Howell ... Pick-Up Driver

Steve Coulter ... Roger

Stephen Michael Ayers ... Mr. Clifford

Mark Scarboro ... Detective
Bradley Evans ... Cop (as Bradley Evans)
David Gibbons ... Box Plant Manager
Jasa Abreo ... On Plane Flight Attendant
Rommel Sulit ... Japanese Client

Phillip DeVona ... Police Officer (as Phillip De Vona)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Armstrong ... Extra (uncredited)

Dodie Brown ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Lizzie Brubaker ... Extra (uncredited)

Ted Ferguson ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Chuck Halley ... Banquet Guest (uncredited)
Michael J. Hebert ... Man reading newspaper (uncredited)

Deborah R. Jones ... CSI Agent (uncredited)

Gio March ... Police Officer (uncredited)

James Paul ... Street Pedestrian (uncredited)
Colvin Roberson ... Driver (uncredited)
Michael Sieve ... Detective (uncredited)

Mary Alfred Thoma ... Banquet Guest (uncredited)

Van White ... Officer Shanks (uncredited)

Steven E. Williams ... Motorist (uncredited)

Cindi Woods ... CSI Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruce A. Evans 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Bruce A. Evans (written by) &
Raynold Gideon (written by)

Produced by
Thomas Augsberger .... executive producer
Kimberly Calhoun Boling .... co-executive producer (as Kimberly C. Anderson)
Kevin Costner .... producer
Raynold Gideon .... producer
Robin Jonas .... associate producer
Sam Nazarian .... executive producer
Malcolm Petal .... co-executive producer
Brian Pitt .... production head
Adam Rosenfelt .... executive producer
Marc Schaberg .... executive producer
Jim Wilson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ramin Djawadi 
 
Cinematography by
John Lindley (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Miklos Wright 
 
Casting by
Mindy Marin 
 
Production Design by
Jeffrey Beecroft 
 
Art Direction by
William Ladd Skinner 
 
Set Decoration by
Anne Kuljian 
 
Costume Design by
Judianna Makovsky 
 
Makeup Department
Janice Alexander .... hair department head
Erin Ayanian .... makeup artist: Demi Moore
Terry Baliel .... key hair stylist
Gloria Belz .... makeup artist
Krystal Kershaw .... makeup artist
Dennis Liddiard .... makeup assistant department head
Frank Parrish .... hair stylist
Francisco X. Pérez .... makeup department head (as Franciso X. Perez)
Scott H. Reeder .... hair stylist (as Scotti H. Reeder)
Tara Smith .... hair stylist: Ms. Moore
Lauren Thomas .... makeup artist
Francisco X. Pérez .... makeup artist: Mr. Costner (uncredited)
Ray Shaffer .... special makeup effects crew (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Christopher Kulikowski .... post-production supervisor
Todd Lewis .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hope Garrison .... second assistant director
Eric Fox Hays .... first assistant director (as Eric Hays)
Norman Howell .... second unit director
Tommy Martin .... second second assistant director
David Ticotin .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
A. Russell Amdal .... construction propmaker
Zackary Aymani .... construction propmaker
John Blanchard .... construction propmaker
Kenneth Bryant .... set dresser
Lloyd Burke Jr. .... construction propmaker (as Lloyd Burke)
Daniel Coe .... construction foreman (as Daniel A. Coe)
Randall S. Coe .... construction coordinator
Joseph Conenna .... leadman
Christopher Crouch .... art production assistant
Rodolfo Damaggio .... storyboard artist (as Rudolfo Damaggio)
Chad R. Davis .... on-set dresser (as Chad Davis)
Lelo Lavonne Doanne .... construction medic
Everette Eglin .... construction buyer
Patrick Fuhrman .... set dresser
William F. Gambill .... stand-by painter (as William Gamble)
Erick Garibay .... assistant property master
Greg Gott .... painter
Dwayne Grady .... property master
Julie Gueydan .... construction production assistant
Frank Hendrick .... set dresser
Michael Hendrick .... set dresser
Ellen L. Kerr .... set decoration buyer (as Ellen Kerr)
Gerald A. Lajuane .... construction gang boss
Ellen Lampl .... prop graphics
Chris Lane .... assistant props
Ross Macdonald .... graphics props
Hubert T. Mitchell .... construction gang boss
Marvin Perry .... construction gang boss
Alan Porter .... set dresser
Scott Purcell .... graphic artist
Virle S. Reid .... additional weapon props
Erika Rice .... set dresser
Joey Riggs .... painter
Ricky Riggs .... lead scenic (as Rick Riggs)
Demian Robinson .... construction propmaker
George Sanchez .... labor foreman (as George J. Sanchez Jr.)
Joaquin Sanchez .... painter
John Eric Seay .... construction foreman (as John Seay)
Dawn M. Severdia .... art department coordinator (as Dawn Severdia)
Michael Shapiro .... set dresser (as Michael A. Shapiro)
Dan Sweetman .... storyboard artist
John Thomas .... scenic foreman (as John R. Thomas)
Penny Thomas .... painter
Tim Tillman .... construction propmaker
Jason Wilson .... construction propmaker
Russell Wilson .... construction propmaker
Gerald J. Lajaunie .... construction gangboss (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... sound mixer
Lorita de la Cerna .... foley mixer
Matthew T. Duncan .... temp. sound recordist
Jim Fitzpatrick .... re-recording mixer
Aleksandr Gruzdev .... re-recording mixer (as Alex Gruzdev)
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
David Hingorany .... sound mix engineer
Steve Hollenbeck .... sound editor
Chris Main .... boom operator
Dessie Markovsky .... supervising sound editor
Edward Menashy .... cable person
Harrison Meyle .... re-recording mixer
Harrison Meyle .... sound editor
Paul Ordonez .... sound recordist
Emile Razpopov .... sound designer
Chip Sloan .... adr sound engineer: additional adr recording, Digital One
Andy Snavley .... sound editor
Andy Snavley .... sound effects designer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Jared Watt .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Jack Lynch .... special effects coordinator
Bob Trevino .... special effects foreman
Jeffery D. Woodrel .... special effects technician (as Jeff Woodrel)
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Bankoff .... digital compositor: Sway Studios
Kevin Beier .... IT/systems: Sway Studios
Michael Bogen .... digital/optical artist: Pacific Title and Art Studio
John Campuzano .... digital/optical coordinator: Pacific Title and Art Company
Ozzie Carmona .... digital/optical artist: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Alan De Castro .... digital/optical artist: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Sean Devereaux .... Flame and digital compositor lead: Sway Studio
Feliciano di Giorgio .... senior compositor
Dennis Diaz .... IT/systems: Sway Studios
Edgar Díaz .... roto artist: Sway Studio (as Edgar Diaz)
Christine Felman .... visual effects production assistant: Sway Studios
Chris Flynn .... digital/optical artist: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Joe Gareri .... executive producer: Pacific Title and Art Studio
David Geoghegan .... digital/optical artist: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Mark Glaser .... creative supervisor: Sway Studios
Rob Glazer .... 3D visual effects artist: Sway Studios
Maureen Healy .... digital/optical artist: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Gregory Ivens .... intermediate/optical department: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Patrick Keenan .... digital/optical artist: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Cassandra Khavari .... visual effects producer: Sway Studio
Rick Kim .... intermediate/optical department: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Cristian A. Kong .... digital/optical artist: Pacific Title and Art Studio (as Cris Kong)
Steve Langius .... intermediate/optical department: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Ben Looram .... Flame and digital compositor lead: Sway Studios
John Marcos .... intermediate/optical department: Pacific Title and Art Studio (as John Morcos)
Lauren Mayer-Beug .... digital compositor: Sway Studios
Pat McClung .... visual effects supervisor (as Patrick McClung)
Matt Melis .... digital/optical artist: Pacific Title and Art Studio (as Matthew Melis)
Robert Montgomery .... digital/optical artist: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Han Nguyen .... intermediate/optical department: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Jim O'Hagan .... digital/optical artist: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Joyce Pan .... visual effects production coordinator: Sway Studios
Michael Pardee .... visual effects executive producer: Sway Studios (as Mike Pardee)
Tristan Rayos .... intermediate/optical department: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Derek Smith .... 3D visual effects artist: Sway Studios
Maciek Sokalski .... digital compositor: Sway Studio
David Sosalla .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Rosanna Sumagaysay-Aouda .... intermediate/optical department: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Nick Swartz .... IT/systems: Sway Studios
David Van Woert .... digital trailer effects producer
Leo Vezzali .... visual effects supervisor
Daughn Ward .... visual effects production coordinator: Sway Studios
Richard Wardlow .... 3D visual effects artist: Sway Studios
John L. Weckworth .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Thirl Haston .... stunts
Kanin Howell .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Kanin Howell .... stunt double: Dane Cook
Kanin Howell .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunt coordinator
Patricia Howell .... stunts
David Hugghins .... stunts (as Dave Hugghins)
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts (as Traci Keehn Dashnaw)
Henry Kingi .... stunts
Chad Randall .... stunts
Cindi Randall .... stunt driver (as Cynthia Randall)
Cindi Randall .... stunts (as Cynthia Randall)
Karin Silvestri .... stunts (as Karin Silvestri-Coye)
Ronn Surels .... stunts
Mark Thomason .... stunts
Avery White .... stunts
Boni Yanagisawa .... stunts
Kip Cummings .... precision driver (uncredited)
David Hugghins .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
George Landrum .... precision driver (uncredited)
Terry Milam .... precision driver (uncredited)
Karin Silvestri .... stunt double: Traci Dinwiddie (uncredited)
Boni Yanagisawa .... stunt double: Demi Moore (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Donald Akes .... rigging grip
Gerald Autin .... grip
Chad C. Barrow .... rigging key grip (as Chand Barrow)
Stephen Beasley .... rigging gaffer (as Stephen F. Beasley)
Jeffrey Beecroft .... forensic photographer
Nathan Borck .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Nate Borck)
Amanda Bruce Parker .... camera production assistant (as Amanda Bruce)
Bill Carrier .... grip
Ted Chu .... first camera operator: "b" camera
Larry Cottrill .... electrician
Jose Deleon .... camera operator: SpaceCam, aerial unit
Rowland Egerton .... grip
Eli Everhard .... electrician (as Eliah M. Everhard)
Sean Fisher .... grip
Dan Furst .... video assist operator
Carlos M. Gallardo .... dolly grip (as Carlos Gallardo)
Kevin Gazdik .... electrician
Ben Glass .... still photographer
Peter N. Green .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Peter Green)
Joseph Guerino .... best boy electric (as Joe Guerino)
Marvin Haven .... rigging best boy
Charles 'Tom' Hinson .... rigging gaffer (as Tommy Hinson)
Carolyn Hufstetler .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Gregory Irwin .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Greg Irwin)
Joe Iverson .... electrician
Milan Janicin .... camera loader (as Milan 'Miki' Janicin)
Lawrence Karman .... camera operator: "a" camera
Vic Keatley .... gaffer: second unit (as Vic Keetly)
Kenneth E. King .... dolly grip (as Kenny King)
Jahoon Koo .... electrician
Jessica Lee .... assistant camera
Chris Lumpkin .... grip
Bradley Martin .... electrician (as Brad Martin)
Ralph Mendoza .... director of photography: aerial unit
Billy Merrell .... grip (as Bill Merrill)
David L. Merrill .... key grip
Jerome Miller Jr. .... grip
Adam Mitchell .... grip
Jerry Patton .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Earl Perque .... best boy grip
Daniel Rector .... grip
Peter D. Roome .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Peter Roome)
James Selph .... grip
Barry Smith .... rigging best boy
Michael L. Smith .... dolly grip: second unit (as Michael Smith)
Wells A. Smith .... key grip: second unit (as Wells Smith)
Jeff Taylor .... second assistant camera: additional scene unit
Daniel Tkaczyk .... electrician
John Vecchio .... gaffer
Amy Vincent .... director of photography: second unit
Jeremy Webre .... grip
Steve Zeiger .... electrician
Charles 'Tom' Hinson .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Milan Janicin .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Lawrence Karman .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Bradley Martin .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Steve Zeiger .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Elizabeth Coulon .... extras casting coordinator (as Liz Coulon)
Shannon DeAntonio .... location casting
Craig Fincannon .... location casting
Lisa Mae Fincannon .... location casting
Ryan Glorioso .... extras casting coordinator
Kara Lipson .... casting associate
Russell Scott .... casting associate
Greg Washington .... assistant extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Quentin Bell .... additional costumer
Susan Bolt .... set costumer
Claire Breaux .... costumer
Bill Edwards .... costume supervisor
Nisa Kellner .... key set costumer
Tiffany Busche .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Cindy Bond .... digital intermediate producer: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Maxine Gervais .... digital intermediate colorist: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Mark Gillard .... associate editor
David Kennedy .... digital intermediate assistant
Dawn Llewellyn .... digital intermediate assistant editor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Peter Luong .... digital intermediate coordinator: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Lisa Markou .... digital intermediate coordinator: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Shane McCloskey .... post-production assistant
Katie McGinley .... post-production assistant (as Katie McMillan)
George Papuashvili .... editor: video
Kay Sievert .... video dailies colorist: FotoKem (as Kay Kogan Sievert)
Amy Tompkins .... digital intermediate editor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Kevin Wright .... first assistant editor
 
Location Management
Robert M. Donaldson .... location assistant
Stephen Finders .... assistant location manager
Gary Huckabay .... location manager
Jason Pickering .... location assistant
Jason Reppert .... location assistant
Lauren Von Huene .... location production assistant
Jimi Woods .... location scout
 
Music Department
Shannon Erbe .... music editor
John Finklea .... music editor: temporary score
Vicki Hiatt .... music supervisor
Gretchen O'Neal .... music clearance
Rob Simon .... technical score advisor
Leslie Stevens .... assistant to music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
David Bell .... driver
Donald Binder .... driver
Truth Byrd .... driver
Joe Comeaux .... driver (as Jodeph Comeaux)
Dennis W. Cook Jr. .... driver (as Dennis Cook Jr.)
Taylor Cromartie .... driver
Thomas Culpepper .... driver
Paul D. Davis .... transportation captain (as Paul Davis)
Russell Davis .... driver
Vince De Amicis .... driver
Randy Duplechine .... driver
Roger S Graham .... driver (as Roger Graham)
Gerald Hardy .... driver
Connie Herring .... driver
A. Welch Lambeth .... transportation coordinator (as Welch Lambeth)
Sheila Mathis .... driver
Aaron D. Moore .... driver (as Aaron Moore)
Tom Moore .... picture car coordinator
Dennis W. Murphy .... background driver
Justin Nance .... driver
Henry Payne .... driver
Joe Pelliccio .... driver (as Joseph Pelliccio)
Buddy Pine .... driver
Cindi Randall .... picture car coordinator
Mike Westra .... driver
Charles Whitaker .... driver
Doug Wilson .... driver (as Robert Wilson)
Charlie Wright .... transportation captain
Felicia Zamora .... driver (as Felicia Bedingfield)
Christy Zeller .... transportation office coordinator (as Christy M. Zeller)
Steven E. Williams .... background driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jasa Abreo .... assistant: Mr. Costner
Sarah Asch .... assistant: Mr. Evans & Mr. Gideon
Jamie Baremore .... stand-in: Marg Helgenberger
Bruce Benson .... pilot: aerial unit
Steve Blum .... adr loop group: special adr recording
Kimberly Calhoun Boling .... production executive: L.I.F.T. (as Kim Anderson)
Karen Bosma .... assistant production coordinator
David Christopher Brown .... behind-the-scenes video
Richard Cansino .... adr loop group: special adr recording
Joe Cappelletti .... adr loop group: special adr recording
Becky Chin .... set production assistant
Faith Conroy .... script supervisor
Vanessa Curtis Block .... office production assistant
John F. Daniel .... production assistant
Mike De La Vina .... set production assistant (as Mike De la Vina Jr.)
Karen Eisenstadt .... production accountant
Lorraine Evanoff .... post-production accountant
S.J. 'JoJo' Fieger .... production coordinator
Danielle Fischer .... payroll assistant (as Danielle Trejo)
Sam Gharibian .... production assistant
Hope Gilmore .... stand-in: Danielle Panabaker
Tonya Greenfield .... accounting clerk
Julie Gueydan .... production assistant
Kent Hamilton .... insurance agent
Eidan Hanzei .... adr loop group: special adr recording (as Henry Hayashi)
Karen Huie .... adr loop group: special adr recording
Derek Hurd .... craft service
Brandon James .... assistant: Mr. Wilson & Mr. Lewis (as Brandon E.E. James)
James Jereza .... set medic (as James Robert Jereza)
Allan Jones .... craft service assistant
Laura Killian .... stand-in: Demi Moore
Heather Langendorfer .... office production assistant
Ben Ledoux .... production assistant
Jessica Lee .... office production assistant (as Jessica M. Lee)
Steven Miramontz .... production assistant
James Powell Moore .... stand-in: William (as James Moore)
Scarlett Pettyjohn .... business affairs: Element Films
Cali Pomes .... set production assistant
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs
Ronnie Randolph .... office production assistant
Kyle Register .... production assistant
Mark Reinking .... assistant: Ms. Moore (as Hunter Reinking)
Philece Sampler .... adr loop group: special adr recording
Luke Sexton .... stand-in: Dane Cook
Lisa G. Shillingburg .... first assistant accountant (as Lisa Shillingburg)
Rob Simon .... additional synthesizer programmer
Floyd B. Sterling .... assistant chef
Floyd B. Sterling .... caterer
Karen Strassman .... adr loop group: special adr recording
Mark Thomason .... stand-in: Kevin Costner
Steve Trombatore .... payroll accountant
Gorm van Lingen .... technical supporter
Christopher Ware .... assistant: Mr. Hurt
Jerri Whiteman .... second assistant accountant
Vevi Wilson .... accounting clerk
Anthony Yuse .... set production assistant
Jamie Baremore .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Dittmar .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rebecca Holloway .... stand-in: Yasmine Delawari (uncredited)
Sarah Nunez .... executive assistant: co-executive producer (uncredited)
Kyle Register .... stand-in: male (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Arlena Acree .... special thanks
Betty Jo LeBrun .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, nudity and language
Runtime:
120 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Chile:TE+7 (some cinemas) | Finland:K-15 | France:12 | Germany:18 | Ireland:16 | Ireland:18 (DVD rating) | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-18 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/18 (original rating) | Portugal:M/16 (re-rating on appeal) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #43365)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Earl Brooks was written with Kevin Costner in mind to play him.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The movie is supposed to be set in Oregon, however the license plates on the cars let you know that it can't possibly be Oregon. Oregon license plates have three letters and then three numbers or vice versa. Not two letters and then a number with two numbers and a letter for the second half of the plate. This, however, is a common device in filmmaking, as film producers do not wish to actual registrations. Films shot in New York and Washington almost always feature cars whose license plates fail to conform to registration patterns.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mr. Earl Brooks:[voice-over] Oh God... God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
Marshall:[voice-over] Why do you fight it so hard, Earl?
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Movie Connections:
References Serial Mom (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Soleil SoleilSee more »

FAQ

What's up with the swimming?
Why does Mr. Brooks call Atwood?
Why did Mr. Brooks lure Atwood to Meeks?
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213 out of 274 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant suspense and tension...Mr. Brooks really keeps you thinking, 31 May 2007
Author: The_Amazing_Spy_Rises from United States

'Mr. Brooks', 2007's first true psychological thriller, features an all star cast with Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, Dane Cook, and William Hurt. With a thriller like this, and 2 actors (Cook and Costner) who are playing extremely different roles, the film could have failed. It doesn't at all. It is an extremely clever and intelligent film that is a great ride from start to finish.

Earl Brooks (Oscar Winner Kevin Costner) is Portland's man of the year. He has it all, a beautiful wife, a wonderful company, an awesome home, and a daughter (Danielle Panabaker) in college. But Mr. Brooks also has a secret. A secret addiction. He loves killing, mostly because of the maniacal representation of his temptations and desires: Marshall (Oscar Winner William Hurt). After one last killing, Mr. Brooks is ready to quit, but is quickly blackmailed back into killing by the young photographer known simply as Mr. Smith (Dane Cook). Smith just wants to tag along for the ride to feel the rush of killing. But this murderous trio of Brooks/Marshall/Smith must be careful, as tough-as-nails detective Tracy Atwood (Demi Moore) is on their trail.

I know my description of the plot is thorough, but it doesn't spoil anything, as all this is introduced within 10 to 15 minutes of the opening. I give director Bruce Evans a lot of credit for moving the film along quickly, because most of it is the self-inflection conversations of Mr. Brooks and Marshall. The acting is very well done, and with a cast like this, you should expect it. Costner has been everyone's hero the past 2 decades, but Costner totally breaks the mold with a daring and riveting performance as the conflicted, murderous, yet loving Mr. Brooks. His performance really allows the audience to root for him, even though he's a vicious killer. Costner effectively displays internal conflicts between the good side of him, and the dark side. William Hurt is equally haunting as Marshall, the figment of Brooks' imagination. No stranger to villainous characters (there is no true villain, but Costner, Cook, and Hurt's characters are all bad men), Hurt will grab the audience's attention with his smooth and liquid delivery and cruel responses to Mr. Brooks's regrets. Demi Moore delivers in a role that is a type of character rarely seen in movies anymore. Moore gives us a very flawed, yet strong woman who is the only truly good and moral character in the entire movie. Her character has a lot going on in her life, and it is definitely conveyed in her impatience and quick temper, but we always know why she is how she is. Lastly, and the biggest surprise of the entire film, Dane Cook steals the show in one of the better performances of recent memory. Cook goes tit for tat with Costner in every scene they share, providing some pretty intense moments between the pair. Being the comedian he is, Cook will get a couple of laughs, but this role is completely serious. Cook looks like he had a lot of fun doing this, as he gives us a very layered Mr. Smith who is very disturbed, but at the same time, we know he's a fragile guy who is just a pawn in Mr. Brooks' master plan. Cook will blow you away with his range, and he does a great job displaying his character arc. Mr. Smith starts off as a sarcastic and overconfident guy who is looking to toy with a killer. By the end of the film, Smith changes radically into a completely different person. Way to go Dane.

Bruce Evans does a great job at the helm of the film, providing a fast paced psychological thriller helped out by clever dialog, and one of the most intelligent characters portrayed on film since Hannibal Lecter in Mr. Brooks. It's almost unreal how smart and clever Costner's character is. Another thing I liked was the symmetry between Costner and Hurt. The actors carry a lot of the same mannerisms into their characters, and with the help of Evans, it looks great. There are times where they will do the same movement at the exact same time. Mr. Brooks is a first rate thriller that any fan of the genre should enjoy. The plot has its twists and turns before the grand finale, which reminds the viewer that...Mr. Brooks always has a plan...

8/10 --spy

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