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Caught in a savage rainstorm, ten travelers are forced to seek refuge at a strange desert motel. They soon realize they've found anything but shelter. There is a killer among them and, one by one, they are murdered. As the storm rages on and the dead begin to outnumber the living, one thing becomes clear: Each of them was drawn to the motel by forces beyond imagination...
Thriller - A fast paced "who's-doing-it" murder mystery thriller with some wild
and unexpected plot twists. It's got a little suspense, some jumps
and scares and several graphic murders with blood. It's also quite
intense at times.
PROFANITY: 7 GD's, 26 F-words, 12 S-words. Just a few others. SEX/NUDITY: No sex or nudity. One woman is a prostitute. VIOLENCE: Lots of killing and blood. Some of it is fairly graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some minor drinking and cigarette smoking. ACTION: Almost no action. COMEDY: Several mildly funny comments are made, to break the tension.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Very Good "...for anyone who enjoys smart, clever films and does
not demand a traditional ending that neatly wraps up everything, Identity
is an early-year treat. It's a popcorn movie with flair, style, and intelligence
that will have nearly everyone thinking (or talking) about it on the drive home.''
Review Good "Identity is a rarity, a movie that seems to be on
autopilot for the first two acts and then reveals that it was not, with a third
act that causes us to rethink everything that has gone before. Ingenious, how
simple and yet how devious the solution is.''
Review Above Average "With moments of mind-bending creepiness, the film
has potential, but eventually it devolves into merely a head-scratcher.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Average "From the case-file montage shown under the opening credits
to the spooky bit of childhood verse ("As I was walking up the stair/I met
a man who wasn't there...") repeated at key intervals, the puzzle pieces
are all there. But when you put them all together, the result is a bit of a gyp — neat but utterly forgettable.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
My prediction was wrong. I thought everyone would enjoy Identity. I guess the strangeness of this movie is more than many moviegoers expected, since many didn't care for it. Also, I think the graphic nature of the movie hurt its "likeability."
I still believe everyone going in to this movie knowing that it's very strange and graphic, will really enjoy it, IF they like that type of movie. I really enjoyed it, but I can't argue with the moviegoer opinions and they aren't too good.
Younger moviegoers enjoyed it quite a bit and I can recommend it to them. However, adult opinions are VERY mixed. Your chances of truly enjoying Identity aren't very high, but most will likely find it to be somewhat enjoyable. So, you've got to decide, is it worth risking twenty bucks in movie tickets and concessions or do you play it safe and spend three bucks for a rental later.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
What a wild movie! It's like an episode of "The Twilight Zone." It's intense, graphic, spooky and will certainly keep you guessing. There are some wild plot twists that no one expects. As you watch the movie you'll see several unusual things that are later explained. I have no doubt that everyone seeing Identity will thoroughly enjoy it.
One night in the middle of the desert a violent rainstorm has isolated a lone
motel when all roads and phone communication are washed out. Eventually a group
of 10 stranded strangers will congregate at the ramshackle motel and discover to
their horror that they are being murdered one-by-one.
Or they think they are. What is real might not be and as their unseen
assailant methodically eliminates them, they frantically look for connections to
a jigsaw puzzle that is making a mockery of everything they know to be logical
Ed (John Cusack) a former cop turned limo driver for an actress (Rebecca
DeMornay); Rhodes (Ray Liotta) a corrections officer transporting a convict
(Jake Busey); Paris (Amanda Peet) a hooker leaving her past; Larry (John Hawkes)
the motel owner with something to hide; Ginny (Clea DuVall) and Lou (Will Lee
Scott) a troubled couple and the York family (John C. McGinley, Leila Kenzle and
Bret Loehr) who come to the motel in need of medical attention after an accident
on the highway are those marooned.