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Agent Thomas Mackelway is on his first day of work at the Albuquerque field office of the FBI. Mackelway, wrestling with secrets and demons from his past, is plagued by headaches and feels that he is being watched. And in fact he is...but by whom? Mackelway finds himself mysteriously drawn into a bizarre series of murders.
PROFANITY: 8 F-words, 3 S-words, one GD, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: A scene of rape with related nudity. VIOLENCE: Shootings, fights, rape. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some tobacco and alcohol. ACTION: A truck and foot chase; some fighting. COMEDY: None.
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USA TodayFull Review Below Average Any sense of dread or drama in the story is dissipated by disjointed editing, overused stop-frame visuals bleached of color, comically familiar eerie music and numerous shots of cockeyed handwriting (à la Seven, which did it in an original way).
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 70 moviegoer opinions. The first thing I noticed is the lack of "Fantastic" opinions. This is a strong indication that this is not going to be a great movie. The second thing I noticed is the very high percentage of low to very low opinions. There were a few who enjoyed it very much but unfortunately they make up such a relatively small percentage of the total I would have to caution those considering seeing this movie. Chance aren't all that good that you will be one of the lucky few who truly enjoyed it.
When Dallas FBI Agent Thomas Mackelway (Aaron Eckhart) violates serial killer Raymond Starkey's civil rights during an unorthodox arrest, Starkey goes free and Mackelway is demoted to a remote branch of the agency in Albuquerque. His first day on the job, Mackelway investigates the murder of a traveling salesman Harold Speck, which turns out to be the first of three seemingly random killings. Or perhaps they are not random at all; the last to die is Mackelway's nemesis, Raymond Starkey.
The assignment consumes him. His past mistakes haunt him. His head throbs constantly as he tries to find the link between the victims that will lead him to their killer. The case becomes increasingly gruesome and patently personal. This does not go unnoticed by his unflappable partner Fran Kulok (Carrie-Anne Moss), who knows of Mackelway's past and the demons that afflict him. Like Mackelway, she becomes drawn into the labyrinth of chilling clues, all of which point to the enigmatic Benjamin O'Ryan (Ben Kingsley). O'Ryan clearly has a connection to the murders, a connection he flaunts; quite possibly, he may also harbor a sinister link to Mackelway.