Taking Lives: Director's Cut


""He's like a hermit crab"," mutters FBI profiler Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie). ""He outgrows his shell and looks for another"." No surprise that she's talking about Hollywood's latest serial killer, a screwed-up sicko who's (fittingly) assumed his MO - - filching his victims' identities - - from another movie (The Talented Mr Ripley).

Rounding up a quality cast to play out a bunch of scenes you've witnessed before, DJ Caruso's thriller (here presented in a slightly extended director's cut) ain't original. It is relatively effective, though, mechanically pushing buttons as Jolie helps the Montreal police wade through a pulpy trail, usually by torchlight. Highlights include a couple of decent chases and Angelina getting jiggy with Ethan Hawke's key witness amid grisly crime-scene photos. Lowlights? Some gaping plotholes and a final act that's pure hokum.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: September 27th 2004

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