Thursday, October 30, 2014

Identity (2003)

Starring: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, and Amanda Peet

Homicidal Maniac: Pruitt Taylor Vince as Malcolm Rivers

Run time: 1:30:00

Quick Synopsis: Ten strangers at a motel begin to get knocked off one by one.

Identity is a good mixture of sub-genres combined to create a decent movie.  Most of the movie revolves around a whodunit that creates solid mystery.  There are several points where most of the audience will shift who they believe is behind the crime.  For some,
they will continue to do this until the very end of the film.  There are some parts that appear to be flaws to the plot, but the writer kinda has a built in cop out that is exposed in the last half of the movie that could suggest the flaws were either intentional or possible due to the reveal.  As the film starts to shift towards more of a psychological thriller it is able develop more intrigue as the audience pieces everything together.  While no one really sticks out, the each cast member does their job well enough.  The plot raises many questions related to insanity and how to punish the insane.  Overall, Identity is a clever awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: Most of the film was shot in the same studio used for Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz.

Hidden Gem: When Cusack's character kills Liotta's character, Liotta whispers "I didn't do it" and Cusack responds "I know."  The audio is muted to make the twist more unexpected.

Total Kill Count: 13
Caroline- Rebecca De Mornay (30:00) Head Found Dead in Dryer Gore Rating: 5
Lou- William Lee Scott (42:00) Found Stabbed with Knife Gore Rating: 3
Robert- Jake Busey (51:00 Found with Bat Shoved Down Throat Gore Rating: 6
Frozen Body (53:00) Found Dead in Freezer Gore Rating: 1
George- John C. McGinley (53:00) Hit by Car Gore Rating: 3
Alice-  Leila Kenzle (1:02:00) Hit by Car/Dies Later Gore Rating 2
Ginny- Clea Duvall (1:05:00) Car Explodes Gore Rating: 1
Cop (1:16:00) Stabbed in Back Gore Rating: 3
Larry- John Hawkes (1:18:00) Shot in Chest Gore Rating: 4
Rhodes- Ray Liotta (1:20:00) Multiple Gun Shots Gore Rating: 2
Ed- John Cusack (1:22:00) Shot Gore Rating: 4
Paris- Amanda Peet (1:26:00) Struck with Gardening Tool/Offscreen Gore Rating: 1
Dr. Malick- Alfred Molina (1:26:00) Choked with Handcuffs Gore Rating: 2

             Horror Film: 7
             Entertainment: 8
             Suspense: 5
             Overall: 6.75