Suspect Zero Review
Imagine you could sit quietly in a room and picture in your mind exactly what someone else was doing. Where they are, what they are wearing, what they plan to do and who they have just murdered! This is termed 'Remote Viewing' and Suspect Zero tells the story of one such viewer, Benjamin O'Ryan (Ben Kingsley - Ghandi) who had previously been part of a secret FBI programme designed to track down serial killers. Now O'Ryan has become a telepathic vigilante on a hunt of his own, to track down the ultimate serial killer who he has named 'Suspect Zero'
O'Ryan has also taken it upon himself to dish out his own punishment to those he finds guilty in the form of removing their eyelids and engraving 'zeros' into their dead flesh. Essentially, he has become a serial killer of serial killers. This has lead to a new hunt for O'Ryan himself, led by FBI Agent Thomas Mackelway (Aaron Eckhart - Paycheck, The Missing) and his friend and former partner (Carrie-Anne Moss - The Matrix Trilogy). Can O'Ryan find Suspect Zero before Agent Mackelway finds O'Ryan?
Suspect Zero can be summed up in one word.....Disappointing! I had previously seen the trailer for this movie and was looking forward to a tense, taught psychological thriller in a similar vein to Se7en or Silence of the Lambs. Instead what we have is a slow, disjointed, messy affair that fails to create any real tangible tension. The scenes are spliced together without much attention to the continuity of the plot, which itself tends to get bogged down under MTV style camera work.
POTENTIAL PLOT SPOILERS FOLLOW
Aaron Eckhart doesn't entirely work as a lead actor. He lacks the presence needed for such a role and you can't help thinking that Carrie-Anne Moss would have been more successful, as would the movie, if her character had the lead. Ben Kingsley too has a tough time with his character. The problem is you know he's really the 'good' bad guy so you never actually fear him which means no tension or suspense is built. This just leaves 'Suspect Zero' himself who we are told far too little about until very near the end and by then it's too late. You couldn't give two hoots as to who he is and you'd be more scared of the tax man than this guy. Maybe that was Director E. Elias Merhiges' (Shadow of the Vampire) intention all along, you are supposed to imagine a monster and you discover just a man. But with Suspect Zero, you are given too little time to imagine much at all about this killer. A great idea, sadly not realised. Shame.