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Untraceable (2008)

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FBI agent Jennifer Marsh is tasked with hunting down a seemingly untraceable serial killer who posts live videos of his victims on the Internet. As time runs out, the cat and mouse chase becomes more personal.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Eric Box
Owen Reilly
Stella Marsh
Richard Brooks
Tim Wilks
Annie Haskins
Herbert Miller (as Tim deZarn)
David Williams (as Chris Cousins)
Arthur James Elmer
Trina Adams ...
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Richard Weymouth
Dan Callahan ...
Trey Restom


A secret service agent, Jennifer Marsh, gets caught in a very personal and deadly cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who knows that people (being what they are - both curious and drawn to the dark side of things) will log onto an "untraceable" website where he conducts violent and painful murders LIVE on the net. The more people who log on and enter the website, the quicker and more violently the victim dies. Written by McCormack

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Plot Keywords:

website | serial killer | cat | video | murder | See more »


The FBI Cyber Crimes Division hunts down vicious criminals online...but the most dangerous one is hunting them. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for grisly violence and torture, and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Streaming Evil  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£549,524 (UK) (29 February 2008)


£1,517,882 (UK) (14 March 2008)

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absolute propagandistic feature
27 April 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

after the first 5 minutes in one can notice that this feature was probably made to promote "rightfully" the government intrusion acts on your freedom by trying AGAIN to scare you in how dangerous the internet is. this is why the feature gets 1 star because the most important element in any movie , and at the end of the day, is what message it sends and what is trying to influence. every other movie elements only ENHANCE the very same message attached ( sometimes for better, sometimes for worse, and in cases like this to influence public opinion). i wonder if the way this movie is received by the general public( or was already) will make you, as an individual, a simple statistic on some senators book if the time WOULD be right to take over complete control of the internet, what and how it gets distributed.

also from the production elements one can see that this has a big budget as well and very precise SUBLIMINAL messages. it is made at a fast pace to exactly confuse and scare you.there are so many computer access aspects( for consumer protection) that are IGNORED( in the movie, how conveniently) as to imply that only the government can protect the poor "sheeps". and there is a lot of "sick" activity going on, etc. sick to whom exactly?( i am not referring about the main criminal plot , but towards the sub-plots that give the general picture).

also very GROSS clichés that insults my intelligence. middle age single-mom, not married or interested in men( or women at least LOL), driving a very expensive car( consuming lots of gas) and taking advantages of latest technology in how to avoid traffic to get home faster. but you see, she works for the FBI, so she DESERVES that apparently...

another quiet comic cliché is that you have the killer getting "serious" and she is running to see it for herself holding a coffee-latee or almost leads to believe that maybe the law enforcements agencies "supervising" the net ( ILLIGALLY) are definitely having the very fetishes that can make someone be considered "dirty" or even "sick".

so, again, you have the almighty good guys( personalized by a very inoffensive but likable Diane Lane, ...ya right) having difficulties( implying that they should have MORE Efficient tools in their hands) to track down a serial killer that lives in SAME "town' as they do.

WARRNING: the way FBI knocks down doors, and how much power the lead character holds is disturbing at least. you see the SON( VERY YOUNG) of the financial data perpetrator, being taken away in handcuffs, and all that with no REAL PROOF except for Diane Lane "huntch" that IT MIGHT be him. this is definitely AIMED at scarring people and their internet habits( the real criminals DO EXIST but that does not justify this whole approach).the whole "good" versus "bad" plot in this movie is there only to ENHANCE the subliminal message transmitted to your brain upon WATCHING this.

the net neutrality issue is of utmost IMPORTANCE. do not let this movie make you doubt that by making some fantasy feature about what COULD happen.(crossing the street is more RISKY then internet use, any taken day)( interesting to note that, after such long time of Internet activity, only the FBI could think of this possibility and the millions or BILLIONS Internet users have NEVER thought of it.)again , WHO IS THE REAL "SICK" ONE HERE?? at least the producer and screenwriter obviously, but they needed funds that came from WHOM?

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