High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who has been living under a false name, is arrested by military police and placed on trial for the murder of villagers while he was in the Marines.
When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret...
In San Francisco, the criminal psychologist Helen Hudson is specialized in serial-killers. During a trial, the accused Daryll Lee Cullum kills a police officer and tries to kill her and she becomes agoraphobic. Now Helen lives a reclusive life with her gay friend Andy that helps her. Sometime later, there is a wave of crimes and Detectives M.J. Monahan and Reuben Goetz are investigating the murder cases. Helen identifies that the murderer is copycatting notorious serial-killers and she anonymously contacts the Police Department. After fourteen phone calls, she is identified by the police. Detectives M.J. and Reuben visit her and Helen teams up with them and prepares the profile of the killer that wants to be famous. But soon the copycat killer Peter Foley contacts and stalks Helen and M.J. and Reuben give protection to her. Will they be capable to stop Foley before the next murder?Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The captain says to MJ that he had worked the Zodiac case. Dermot Mulroney (Reuben) played a captain in the movie Zodiac. See more »
When Helen looks through her database, the name of the Hillside Strangler victim whose crime scene photos the killer used as model is listed as "Tanya Canseco". No Hillside Strangler victim had that name. See more »
two sensational lead figures in a great energetic thriller
Holly Hunter (Toy Story) stars alongside Sigourney Weaver (Alien) in this excellent fast flowing mysterious thriller. With fantastic acting by the two central women, the film shines in capturing a fantastic energetic plot, conforming to issues of murder in the crime world. Always fast flowing with energetic chase scenes and snap shots of the potential murderer Copycat succeeds in maintaining an interesting mysterious storyline which is great at conforming and juxtaposing both to the crime and thriller genre. Weaver's acting is sensational and as this was the first film I saw her in, I am keen to watch other films she has appeared in. Holly Hunter maybe overshadowed throughout but is still able to maintain a dominant force within the police force as the lead detective. However I did have a few questions remaining at the end of the film, which is somewhat an anticlimax. Also novices will find the twisting storyline and heavy information regarding deaths, suspicions and lists of potential goings on and paste vents a little hard to follow and personally I felt some of it was a bit unrealistic and far-fetched.
I personally thought it was great seeing two women as the two central characters in this film. It reflected a change in society and more equality in the workplace. Having two very strong actresses in Hunter and Weaver allows the film to be carried through them and is remarkable twist and turn of events the two have to go through, letting us see their powerful sides but also their weak vulnerable sides.
Worth mentioning as some scenes were simply breath taking, watch out for the ending to see what I mean.
i strongly recommend this film to anyone with a thirst for fast energetic plots and action.
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