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
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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.
A very insightful film--even better from an intellectual viewpoint
The lady doth protest too much...
I personally thought this was a good film, with a lot of interesting sub-texts. No film is perfect, so I was hardly expecting it to be a "Usual Suspects" calibre-film, or "American Beauty" (to name but two of my favourite all-time ones), but it was excellent for giving food for thought.
The idea about people exposing their weaknesses and their strengths and how that can be used against them was scary. I took one cue from this movie--and that was, perhaps naively, it's not always too good to show too much of what type of person you are. Not that there are serial killers lurking round every corner, but I think the film is a metaphor for how our weaknesses, strengths, and whatnot of our characters can make or mar us. Clichéd perhaps, but a useful reminder not to reveal yourself too much as there are dark and dangerous minds out there.
What I disliked, though, was some of the dialogue being too predictable--serial killers are supposed to have been bed-wetters; thankfully, there was none of that in there, but the reference to parents gave the game away.
On a positive note, I liked LL Cool J's acting. I though it was solid and robust. He delivered his lines with tremendous ease, and made his "gate-crashing" very well-intervened.
To add to the above, I think there's an existential element about this yarn that I don't have sufficient knowledge to elaborate on---but I would recommend for those that disliked the film for the story-line, try watching it again, paying close attention to how the killer was able to kill everyone off. Note the ideas about "misdirection" and people's habits...and it can potentially send a shiver down the spine at worst, and at best, give fantastic food for thought for next time when you're at a party with people you don't know, how you don't tell them "I don't go anywhere without my gun":-)
I give it an 8/10
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