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Taking Lives (2004)

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An FBI profiler is called in by French Canadian police to catch a serial killer who takes on the identity of each new victim.

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D.J. Caruso

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Michael Pye (novel), Jon Bokenkamp (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angelina Jolie ... Illeana
Ethan Hawke ... Costa
Kiefer Sutherland ... Hart
Gena Rowlands ... Mrs. Asher
Olivier Martinez ... Paquette
Tchéky Karyo ... Leclair
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Duval
Paul Dano ... Young Asher
Justin Chatwin ... Matt Soulsby
André Lacoste ... Cashier
Billy Two Rivers Billy Two Rivers ... Car Salesman
Richard Lemire Richard Lemire ... Québec City Cop
Julien Poulin ... Québec City Inspector
Marie-Josée Croze ... Medical Examiner
Christian Tessier ... Interrogation Officer
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Storyline

The film starts in the early 1980s. Young Martin Asher took a bus for Canada. He meets another teen on the bus, Matt Soulsby. When the bus broke down they decided to rent a car and drive to Seattle. On the road the car gets a flat tire, and Matt starts changing the tire. Martin comments on how he and Matt are about the same height, and in that moment he quickly pushes Matt in the way of an oncoming truck causing a huge accident where Matt and the driver both die. He took Matt's guitar and left singing like Matt did. Twenty years later, an FBI profiler, Illeana Scott comes to Canada to help hunt down the now serial killer Martin Asher who killed multiple men and lived by their identities. Martin's mother claims that she saw Martin in Quebec city and she tells the police that Martin is evil. The police also has an eyewitness James Costa who saw Asher kill his last victim... Written by victoria

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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He Would Kill To Be You.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including disturbing images, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros [France] | Warner Bros. | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elude võtmine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,458,465, 21 March 2004

Gross USA:

$32,682,342

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,470,529
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| (unrated)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriters Nicholas Kazan, Hillary Seitz and David Ayer worked on revisions for Jon Bokenkamp's script. See more »

Goofs

Commenting a photograph of her son, Mrs. Asher says that "their first symphony" was "The Magic Flute". "The Magic Flute" is a Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart opera, not a symphony. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cashier: Where are you going?
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Alternate Versions

Available in both its R-rated theatrical version (103 min.) and in an unrated director's cut (109 min.). See more »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Asomate A La Ventana
Written by Jesus A. Perez
Performed by Sandra & The Latin Groove
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Good, creepy, solid thriller
28 March 2004 | by Barky44See all my reviews

Taking Lives is the story of a serial killer who murders loners and usurps their identities for a time before moving on to the next victim. The story centers around an FBI agent (Angelina Jolie) as she tracks the killer down.

I enjoyed this movie. It has the characteristic gore required for such films, but done in a far different way and in a manner that actually contributes to the plot, not just for the sheer shock value. It has the characteristic plot turns and twists designed to keep you guessing, but for the most part they are well thought out and not just gags from over-clever writers. And it does have a rather solid ending. Too many of these "keep you guessing" thrillers disappoint you in the end, this one doesn't.

Angelina Jolie is very solid in this role, redeeming her in my eyes after her stints in the horrible Lara Croft films. The supporting cast is good as well. Ethan Hawke (who plays a man believed to be the next victim) is less believable in his own role, sometimes he plays the character so obviously exaggerated it loses it's substance. This "obviousness" keeps me from giving it a 10, I can only give it an 8.

I am glad to finally have a film actually set in Canada with Canadian characters and locales, and not simply filmed there to save money.


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