Taking Lives is a whodunit, or in the words of director D.J. Caruso a “whydunit”, psychological thriller, with Angelina Jolie playing the F.B.I. Agent Super Profiler and also starring Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland and Tcheky Karyo.
We're thrown into the heart of the movie's storyline pretty much right from the off... a serial killer is on the loose in Canada. Having wreaked havoc for some twenty years the police finally have a clue to the killer's identity - but can they afford to bide their time, whilst taking the risk of yet more grisly deaths or do they dare use their only ever witness as bait (even if the poor guy is willing!)?
Despite this extended version's rear cover promise of a movie “more suspenseful” and “a must-see”, I found Taking Lives to be a fairly run-of-the-mill affair - reasonably well crafted and just about slick enough, but not quite reaching top notch thriller status; think of it as a kind of cross between Silence Of The Lambs and a mediocre episode from The X-Files and hopefully you'll get a feel for the kind of movie experience to expect.
Taking Lives tries hard and although it's eminently watchable, in my opinion it just fails to reach “keeper” status.
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