A forensic psychologist (Collette) is tasked with determining whether or not a minor should face murder charges for killing his schoolmate.


Gregory Read (as Gregory J. Read)


Gregory Read (as Gregory J. Read)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Redmayne ... Alex Forbes
Tom Sturridge ... Nigel Colbie
Toni Collette ... Sally Rowe
Richard Roxburgh ... Martin McKenzie
Kate Maberly ... Susan Mueller
Jon Overton Jon Overton ... Josh Campbell (as Jonathan Overton)
Amit Shah ... Raj Mehta
David Threlfall ... John Colbie
Cathryn Bradshaw ... Helen Colbie
Patrick Malahide ... Headmaster
Hugh Sachs ... Rev Donaldson
Liam McKenna Liam McKenna ... Mr Fergus
Bryan Robson Bryan Robson ... Mr Evans
Paul Sonkkila ... Police Bureaucrat
Craig Crosbie Craig Crosbie ... Coroner


The forensic psychiatric Sally Rowe is called by Detective Martin Mackenzie to analyze the profile of the teenager Alex Forbes, who was found in a train station holding the body of his schoolmate Nigel Colby and with powder in his hand. Alex discloses his relationship with Nigel, who believes that they were descendants of the Templar Knights, and how Nigel used the power of his mind to control him. Mackenzie believes that Alex is the killer, but Susan investigates the family of Nigel under pressure of Alex's father, and finds that all of them belong to an ancient and powerful secret society. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A thousand year old secret leads to murder. See more »


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England, with its wintry locations and ancient stone buildings, was reserved for filming locations for the bulk of the narrative that Alex (Eddie Redmayne) recalls at Sally Rowe (Toni Collette)'s behest and which concerns his schoolboy association with Nigel (Tom Sturridge). See more »


When Alex reads Nigel's book and looks at Nigel's family tree, Nigel's last name is spelled Colbie. However, when he is reading the newspaper at the end, Nigel's name is spelled Colby. See more »


Alex Forbes: I read once that a third of women study psychology to work out their own personal problems, what do you think?
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References The 39 Steps (1935) See more »

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Nice Surprise
24 December 2007 | by julioecolonSee all my reviews

I passed this film up on several trips to Blockbuster because I disliked the title and didn't care much for the photo on the DVD box. But, Blockbuster showcases so much crap, and I had basically exhausted all of my viewing choices when I finally settled on this DVD. To my great surprise, this is a fascinating movie, with just enough twists and turns to keep the viewer interested. Toni Colette is wonderful and believable in the role of a forensic psychologist tasked with interviewing a murder suspect. Her job: to weave together the fragments of his harrowing narrative in order to ascertain his culpability, which the impetuous arresting officer (he has testosterone seeping out of his pores) is eager to have confirmed. The film is brilliant because it pitches together a smart forensic psychologist who eventually has to pull her dusty textbooks off the shelf to read up on Gestalt, with a young man of remarkable, quiet brilliance and the cunning of a fox at the chicken coop. Well worth viewing.

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Release Date:

9 November 2006 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Murderous Intent See more »


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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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