Suspect Zero Review

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by AVForums Apr 1, 2005 at 12:00 AM

    Suspect Zero Review
    Suspect Zero, the title itself, gives little away but suffice to say that in the movie it is explained. I won't however elaborate here what it means. Anyway, the film opens on a rainy night at a truck stop, where a travelling salesman ends up chatting to Ben O'Ryan (Ben Kingsley), whom is showing him some clearly disturbing drawings. The salesman, clearly offended, leaves and drives away in his car, only for O'Ryan to appear in the backseat, clearly displaying a manner that is unfriendly. Soon after, the salesman is discovered in his car, dead, with his eyelids removed.FBI Agent Mackelway (Aaron Eckhart), freshly transferred, heads up the case but is soon plagued with faxes from O'Ryan, each one containing details of missing persons. Is O'Ryan playing a game of cat and mouse with Mackelway or is Mackelway hot on the heels of O'Ryan? Thus the game begins, and pretty soon, more bodies pile up.OK, I'm sure that sounds very run-of-the-mill thriller to the lay person, but therein lies the rub, as this has a novel plot device (which I'm not elaborating), which changes the focus of the movie around 50 minutes into the running time. Suffice to say, this does drag the movie up slightly from the average cop/killer thriller, but not by a huge amount, although it's difficult to say where the fault lies. Aaron Eckhart, last seen in “The Core”, is a reasonable actor, but isn't someone who can carry the lead role and if you need proof, just watch the aforementioned movie. Ben Kingsley here is playing against type (especially as he'll always be Ghandi), but does convey a reasonable amount of presence and sinister behaviour to make it almost believable, but his accent just seems wrong. Carrie-Ann Moss, is underutilised, as it's effectively a two-man show, but is used as a plot device to try and flesh out one of the principles background. The main problem is it's not particularly gripping, indeed I found my attention wandering from time to time, wishing that they'd just get on with it. In some movies, that would mean the cutting of several scenes and trimming the running time, but this is effectively a 90 minute movie, which is quite short by today's standards. In fact, this would really be better suited for a TV show in some ways, by cutting some of it down. The other criticism, which inevitably will be mentioned in other reviews I'm sure, is that the ending just comes off as rather anti-climatic. I can't/won't elaborate, but it just feels like the writers gave up. As thrillers go, I've seen worse but I've seen far, far better too which is a shame as it looked so promising.

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