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Anamorph (2007)

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A psychological thriller based on the concept of anamorphosis, a painting technique that manipulates the laws of perspective to create two competing images on a single canvas.

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Henry Miller (as H.S. Miller)

Writers:

Henry Miller (as H.S. Miller), Tom Phelan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... Stan Aubray
Scott Speedman ... Carl Uffner
Don Harvey ... Killer
James Rebhorn ... Chief Lewellyn Brainard
Peter Stormare ... Blair Collet
Amy Carlson ... Alexandra Fredericks
Yul Vazquez ... Jorge 'George' Ruiz
Clea DuVall ... Sandy Strickland
Samantha MacIvor ... Crystal
Billy Wheelan Billy Wheelan ... Young Man
Paz de la Huerta ... Young Woman
Desiree Casado ... Teenage Checkout Girl (as Desiree F. Casado)
Robert C. Kirk ... Heavy-Set Detective
Robin Goldsmith Robin Goldsmith ... Stone-Faced Detective
Marcia Haufrecht ... Diner Waitress
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Storyline

Stan is a quiet, solitary detective in New York City. A few months ago, he solved a gruesome case of serial murders, although an undercover police officer lost her life. A new set of similar murders begins: the bodies are elaborately displayed and the killer uses equipment from art and early movie making in the tableau, or he leaves a clue as to where the investigators are to stand to get the full artistic effect. Stan is paired with a younger detective, Carl, whom he brushes off when Carl wants to get to know him. As pieces fall in place, it's a race to prevent the next killing, quite possibly someone close to Stan. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Madness. Mayhem. Mutilation. The masterwork of a serial killer.

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for disturbing grisly images, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2008 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Anamorf See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,120, 20 April 2008

Gross USA:

$6,950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$674,839
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Production Co:

Kamala Films See more »
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Stan meets his former partner, he rolls down the window of his car on the passenger's's side. During this scene the height of he window is changes in every shot. See more »

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Jorge Ruiz: I think I know what's going on here. My advice to you is if it's in the past, let it stay there. Things change. You never set foot in the same room twice.
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Less than I'd hoped for...
19 April 2008 | by laramaria919See all my reviews

I would give this movie about a 6.5 out of 10. It is entertaining, the central plot is somewhat original, and I was a fan of the cinematography. It's rather visually appealing.

That being said, it was definitely not all that I'd hoped for. One of the other reviewers said the filmmakers thought they were making a smarter movie than they actually were, and I have to say I agree with that. The plot concept and the idea of anamorphosis is rather original and has a lot of potential. Yet I feel as if the filmmakers thought that this concept was SO ingenious that they didn't need to develop other parts of the film. The back story, for example, is explicated through memories and conversations so that the past is never wholly or even adequately revealed to the audience. What's worse, the character development is completely lacking. Willem Dafoe, who acting-wise does a nice enough job, reveals certain attributes about his character in very subtle ways. The rest of the characters, however, are pretty one-dimensional and used strictly as plot devices. And, as is common in film, the police work done in the film is a bit illogical.

All and all, the film is all right. I'm a big fan of psychological thrillers and I was certainly on the edge of my seat for a great deal of this one. It's pretty instantly gratifying, but if you take a few minutes to think about what you just saw, you might see some of the flaws I just mentioned.

PS - for those of you who are squeamish: there is little/no actual violence, but plenty of gross dead bodies.


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