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Catching a criminal often requires the authorities to get inside the villain's mind to figure out how he thinks. That's the job of FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench. They attempt to ... See full summary »
On a remote island, the FBI has a training program for their psychological profiling division, called "Mindhunters", used to track down serial killers. The training goes horribly wrong, however, when a group of seven young agents discover that one of them is a serial killer, and is setting about slaying the others. Can the few that are left figure out who the killer is in time?Written by
The team's arrival to the island was shot at Noordwijk Beach, during which a freak 110-mph windstorm threatened to blow the entire day's setup and down the production's Bell 412 helicopter, which is seen transporting the team to the island. See more »
Towards the end of the movie, Sara and Gabe are standing on the beach as the helicopter approaches. It can be seen that they are standing very close to the water. In the next shot from the opposite side, they are suddenly standing at a considerable distance from the water. See more »
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Certain international DVD distributors included deleted scenes not seen in the original theatrical release, which provides more character development and makes the film more complete. There are numerous sequences and the major ones are noted as follows:
"Sara's Regret" - This scene expanded upon how vulnerable Sara Moore (played by Kathryn Morris) was. The FBI agent's character is developed further. The setting has the agent behind a desk after cracking under the pressure of an intense field assignment. The scene is introspective in nature.
"The Instructor's Office" - The scene is set in the FBI instructor's office for the character Jake Harris played by Val Kilmer. Harris speaks with Sara played by Kathryn Morris and J.D. Reston played by Christian Slater. The verbal communication between Harris and J.D. is professional and almost military in nature, but it is clear that Harris has doubts related to Sara's performance. The performance review is completed and in the process a caustic exchange transpires in which Harris directly questions her ability. This establishes Sara's potential motive.
"Ride Along" - In a scene on the helicopter pad at the FBI training complex, Gabe Jensen played by LL Cool J and Jake Harris played by Val Kilmer speak in a caustic capacity before any of the agents arrive. Harris is ordered by his superiors to allow Gabe Jensen to observe his class and teaching methods. In this exchange Harris and Jensen makes their feelings plainly clear. This established a potential motive for both Jensen and Harris.
"Rappelling" - In a brief scene in the film personnel are seen rappelling out of a helicopter and securing a hot landing zone during a training exercise. This scene set the stage for later in the film when Harris tells his class to get their rappelling lines out of the back of the helicopter when nearing Oniega. The joke then seems more intense and relevant.
"The ending" - Several variations of the ending were filmed. One of them included Jake Harris (Val Kilmer) and numerous others included modified character development from the final theatrical ending.
I was shown this movie at a friend's house without knowing ANYTHING about it. I mean NOTHING, to the extent of saying "Hey, Christian Slater is in this! Oh, and Val Kilmer!". I didn't know if it was good or terrible. Nothing. Zip. Nada. To me, this is the very best way to watch a movie.
Anyway, I was fascinated by it. What got me was the theme of this movie, which is thought-inspiring and original. Basically, that we humans, try all we want to be free-willed and intelligent, still act according to predictable patterns ingrained in our personalities. Both alone or in groups, it is in principle possible to predict and control the actions of humans.
The plot itself, although requiring a certain amount of suspension of disbelief, is original and fresh, and so is the writing. The characters are distinct and three-dimensional (they have to be in a story like this), and basically, the story works.
Especially since we, the audience, are also being profiled by the movie. We're trying to be clever and outwit the movie by saying "yeah, well, now this will happen" and constantly being outwitted ourselves.
Excellent, 10/10. An intelligent movie watcher's movie.
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