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A journalist goes undercover to ferret out businessman Harrison Hill as her childhood friend's killer. Posing as one of his temps, she enters into a game of online cat-and-mouse.

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James Foley

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Todd Komarnicki (screenplay), Jon Bokenkamp (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Halle Berry ... Rowena Price
Bruce Willis ... Harrison Hill
Giovanni Ribisi ... Miles Haley
Richard Portnow ... Narron
Gary Dourdan ... Cameron
Florencia Lozano ... Lieutenant Tejada
Nicki Aycox ... Grace
Kathleen Chalfant ... Elizabeth Clayton
Gordon MacDonald Gordon MacDonald ... Senator Sachs
Daniella Van Graas ... Josie
Paula Miranda ... Mia Hill
Patti D'Arbanville ... Esmeralda
Clea Lewis ... Gina
Amara Zaragoza ... Bethany (as Tamara Feldman)
Gerry Becker ... Jon Kirshenbaum
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Storyline

Rowena Price is a muckraking reporter for a New York paper. When her story about a closeted gay Senator who preaches family values is spiked, she quits and soon finds herself investigating the grisly murder of a childhood friend. Her friend had been dumped by ad exec Harrison Hill, so he's Rowena's prime suspect. Rowena gets a job at the ad agency as a temp, and she's soon the object of Hill's attentions. She's helped in her subterfuge by Miles Haley, a friend at the paper who has a secret thing for her. Everyone, it seems, has secrets, including Hill, who must keep his affairs from his wife - her money fuels his lifestyle. Murder will out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seduciendo a un extraño See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,795,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,206,163, 15 April 2007

Gross USA:

$23,984,949

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,534,117
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Revolution Studios See more »
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2.35 : 1
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At 35:23 the band stops playing to allow Harrison to make a toast. In the background, as Harrison is already standing up to walk to the stage, some people continue dancing even while the music has stopped. See more »

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Ro: It's a world where you *think* actions have no consequence, where guilt is cloaked by anonymity, where there are no fingerprints. An invisible universe filled with strangers, interconnected online and disconnected in life. It will steal your secrets, corrupt your dreams, and co-opt your identity. Because in this world, where you can be anything you want, any *one* you want, you just might lose sight of who you are.
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Noir-ish surprise
13 April 2007 | by the_PoppunsSee all my reviews

I've read all the negative comments and I'm starting to think someone who hates Halle Berry has created multiple accounts. I hadn't intended on seeing it, I just felt like going to the movies this afternoon. The movie I wanted to see didn't start until later so I said 'what the heck, I'll give it a try'. This movie was a pleasant surprise for me.

I called it noir-ish because that's the feeling I got from it. And I have to say that sitting in the theater I thought, 'Gee, it's nice to see a movie with two real live movies stars in it.' You get all kinds of weird combinations these days with stars and starlets and rap artists that it's no wonder that most movies are awful.

In this case you have a story about a woman played by Halle Berry who is an investigative reporter for a major newspaper. She has a great story that her paper decides to not use. In anger, she quits, and at the same time a maybe even more important story, involving an advertising giant played by Bruce Willis, falls in her lap. So the movie is about her trying to get to the bottom of this story along with the help of her friend/colleague, played by Giovanni Ribisi. Now I'm purposely not including any spoilers because I personally like to know as little as possible going into a film.

I think a good number of people who like movies like The Usual Suspects or Lucky Number Slevin will like something like this. Now where I think we can really tell is if you also saw and didn't hate the Black Dahlia. A lot of people didn't like it. I loved it. But being very specific there were people who didn't like it because they felt the ending was too quick and that there was no way you could have figured it out with the information at hand until the movie explained it for you at the end. I disagree but those people may have a problem with this. Anyone who wants to figure mysteries out before the end and doesn't want to go along for the ride may have the age old complaint of "how are we supposed to figure it out if they only told you (insert important plot point) at the end?" I'm not one of those people. I like to go along for the ride. That being said, I do think there is enough info that if you really want to guess at the ending you could do it.

The acting was great. I'm not that big on Halle Berry but she did the best job I've seen her do in a while. Bruce is becoming someone I definitely trust with my money. And, imo, it's Giovanni Ribisi who stole the show here. He's getting better all the time.

This movie is for adults, not that it's too much for a teenager to handle. I just don't really think it's something your average teen would be interested in. And it's an R for a couple of reasons. So I'm going to recommend it for older mystery and/or noir fans who don't mind not being able to figure out the ending.


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