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Mindhunters (2004)

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Trainees in the FBI's psychological profiling program must put their training into practice when they discover a killer in their midst.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writers:

Wayne Kramer (story), Wayne Kramer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eion Bailey ... Bobby Whitman
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Vince Sherman
Will Kemp ... Rafe Perry
Val Kilmer ... Jake Harris
Jonny Lee Miller ... Lucas Harper
Kathryn Morris ... Sara Moore
Christian Slater ... J.D. Reston
LL Cool J ... Gabe Jensen (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
Patricia Velasquez ... Nicole Willis
Cassandra Bell ... Jen
Daniël Boissevain ... Second Man in the Bar
Antonie Kamerling ... Man in the Bar (as Anthone Kamerling)
Jasmine Sendar ... Friend of Jen
Trevor White ... Attacker
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Storyline

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 austin4577@aol.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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For seven elite profilers, finding a serial killer is a process of elimination. Their own.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/strong graphic images, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Netherlands | UK | Finland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mind Hunters See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$51,660 (Finland), 6 June 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,911,358, 15 May 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,480,744, 17 July 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,658,061, 3 November 2005
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Technical Specs

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Renny Harlin asked Intermedia to remove the sound from their title introduction at the beginning of the film because he felt the wave breaking sound distracted from the beginning of the film. See more »

Goofs

Just as Rafe and Bobby are about to enter the restaurant, the CCTV camera is seen again and the cameraman can be seen reflected in the camera's lens. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
J.D.: How about I drive, huh?
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Crazy Credits

Second Man in the Bar - Daniël Boissevain See more »

Alternate Versions

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.
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Connections

Featured in Mindhunters: A Director's Walk Through Crime Town (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Puppet Playtime
Words and Music by Drew Fitzjohn
Performed by Bobby No and GaGa
Courtesy of Faber Music Limited
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User Reviews

Surprisingly Entertaining
20 November 2004 | by AntagonistenSee all my reviews

Knowing Renny Harlin's track record, you never know what to expect from the Finnish director. It seems it's more or less random which of his films turn out to be crap or really quite good. I didn't know what to expect here, and maybe my low expectations were part of the reason why i found this film to be surprisingly entertaining.

The setup is pretty standard-fare for a serial-killer film. What makes this different is the victims. They are FBI-agents in training to become profilers. Their teacher is Jake Harris (Val Kilmer) who likes to use special methods while training his agents. As a test the profilers-to-be are sent out to an army training facility on a desolate island. A small town is built on the island and the morning after their arrival a murder will have happened in the town, their job is to find the killer. Something goes wrong however and it seems the game has become real, a killer really is on the loose and now he's chasing them.

To say that this story is unbelievable and forced is an understatement. The whole set-up with an abandoned island feels a bit cheap, a lame excuse to get the agents alone in a place from which there is no escape. But if you can accept that particular bit of plot then the rest is not bad at all. The atmosphere is well built and the suspense is thick. Also most of the actors do a pretty good job creating that "anyone-could-be-guilty"-feeling.

So, even though the serial-killer thing has been done a thousand times and even though the set-up here is even less believable than usual, this is still an enjoyable experience. It might not be revolutionary, and it might not be something you'll remember for very long. But if you like this kind of movie you will at least be entertained for as long as it lasts. I rate it 6/10.


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