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Suspect Zero (2004)

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A mysterious serial killer is hunting other serial killers - and one FBI agent suspects there may be more to the vigilante than they imagine.

Director:

E. Elias Merhige

Writers:

Zak Penn (story), Zak Penn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Eckhart ... Thomas Mackelway
Ben Kingsley ... Benjamin O'Ryan
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Fran Kulok
Harry Lennix ... Rich Charleton
Kevin Chamberlin ... Harold Speck
Julian Reyes Julian Reyes ... Highway Patrolman
Keith Campbell ... Raymond Starkey
Chloe Russell ... Loretta
Ellen Blake Ellen Blake ... Dolly
William B. Johnson William B. Johnson ... Mel
Jerry Gardner Jerry Gardner ... Sheriff Harry Dylan
Daniel Patrick Moriarty Daniel Patrick Moriarty ... Bud Granger
Curtis Plagge Curtis Plagge ... Jumbo
Nicole DeHuff ... Katie Potter
William Mapother ... Bill Grieves
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Storyline

When Dallas FBI Agent Thomas Mackelway violates serial killer Raymond Starkey's civil rights during an unorthodox arrest, Starkey goes free and Mackelway is demoted to a remote branch of the agency in Albuquerque. His first day on the job, Mackelway investigates the murder of traveling salesman Harold Speck, which turns out to be the first of three seemingly random killings. Perhaps they are not random at all. The last to die is Mackelway's nemesis, Raymond Starkey. The assignment consumes him, his past mistakes haunt him, and his head throbs constantly as he tries to find the link between the victims that will lead him to their killer while the case becomes increasingly gruesome and patently personal. This does not go unnoticed by his unflappable partner Fran Kulok, who knows of Mackelway's past and the demons that afflict him. Like Mackelway, she becomes drawn into the labyrinth of chilling clues, all of which point to the enigmatic Benjamin O'Ryan. O'Ryan clearly has a connection ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for violent content, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neitariamasis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,446,375, 29 August 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,725,813

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,650,407
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise and Ben Affleck were all said to have expressed interest in appearing in the project in the late 1990s. Cruise eventually took up a position as producer on the project instead, but he asked to have his name removed from the credits just prior to release. See more »

Goofs

Nicole DeHuff's character is named "Katie Payton", but in the end credits is named "Katie Potter". See more »

Quotes

Thomas Mackelway: Where's the boy?
Benjamin O'Ryan: My, my! Must be extremely satisfying to hear yourself say something so heroic! I'm almost envious. The boy's in pieces under the bed.
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Crazy Credits

The opening Paramount logo is brown (to resemble the desert) and the water in the Intermedia logo is black. See more »

Connections

References Deep Red (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

The Night Is for Dreamers
(2003)
Written by Robert Williams
Performed by Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
Courtesy of Yep Roc Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Excellent supernatural/psychological thriller
10 September 2004 | by orlomaSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and I thought the pacing was great. A slightly (expected) corny Hollywood ending, but don't let that get you down.

Comparisons with Seven and the Silence of the Lambs franchise are correct. Also reminded me rather of "The Ring" (US version) in its photography and "flashback"/recollection sequences. Ben Kingsley is excellent as the tortured and almost demonic shadow - delighted to see him finding darker roles at last (Sexy Beast, House of Sand & Fog). Didn't like the FBI characters too much, but overall I thought it was a gripping and well above average attempt at the well-worn serial killer theme. Is Zak Penn related to Sean Penn?? Sorry to be idiotic....


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