Earl Brooks is a highly respected businessman and was recently named Portland's Man of the Year. He hides a terrible secret however: he is a serial killer known as the Thumbprint Killer. He has been attending AA meetings and has kept his addiction to killing under control for two years now but his alter ego, Marshall, has re-appeared and is pushing him to kill again. When he does kill a couple while they are making love, he is seen and photographed by someone who also has his own death and murder fetish. In a parallel story, the police detective investigating the murder is having problems of her own. She is going through a messy divorce and a violent criminal who had vowed revenge some years before has escaped from prison and is after her. Written by
Kevin Costner, as Mr. Brooks, is reading a paper in a diner, the newspaper - USA Today - has only the headlines and first few lines written in English, the rest is in Latin. See more »
When Mr. Brooks and Marshall are doing research on the computer about Tracy Atwood, it shows her age listed as 38 and her birthday as Nov 11, 1972. However, it shows that she was sued for support by Jesse Viaol on March 20, 2006. At that time she would be 33 years old. During the movie they show her being served with papers for this claim. Her date of birth and age are obviously wrong as the movie would have take place sometime after November 11th, 2010 and before November 11th, 2011. Since they show Jesse and Tracy not only dealing with the issue currently (not for over 4 years) but has Captain Lister telling Tracy she'll be put on desk duty until it's sorted out, they've obviously made an error. See more »
Mr. Earl Brooks:
Oh God... God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
Why do you fight it so hard, Earl?
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A thumbprint forms the backdrop for the end credits. See more »
I saw this movie at Showest back in March and was really impressed. My initial thought was that this movie would be a cheesy rip of "Dexter" or any other "Behind the Serial" type of Movie/Series. Costner gives us an interesting view into the life of an upstanding family man that just happens to be a serial killer on the side. Dane Cook isn't his predictable wacky self, and actually helps round out the film with his twisted comic/perverted view of serial killing. Take every film that you have seen by Costner, Cook and Moore and throw it out the window. This film is surprisingly original and has plenty of plot twists to keep you alert and anxious to see where the story will head next.
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