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A secret service agent, Diane Lane gets caught in a very personal and deadly cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who knows that people (being what they are - both curious and drawn to the dark side of things) will log onto an "untraceable" website where he conducts violent and painful murders LIVE on the net. The more people who log on and enter the website, the quicker and more violently the victim dies.
Thriller - This is a violent serial killer thriller that has a bit more female
appeal than most due to the strong female lead. Diane Lane dominates
the film and thus her fans will be pleased. There are some moments
of graphic violence that make the film inappropriate for children and
other sensitive viewers.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 62 moviegoers:
TEENS:Well, teens certainly weren't too impressed with "Untraceable." The males rated it above average, which is decent but not great. Females rated it between above average and below average. I don't recommend this movie to younger teens but older ones may enjoy it since the twentysomething reviews are great.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The males in the age group really enjoyed "Untraceable." The female reviews weren't too far behind. Recommended.
ADULTS:The males reviews are pretty good. About half truly enjoyed it but most of these reviews came it as above average rather than a higher review. This indicates that few loved it. The females reviews are slightly higher. There are more very high reviews and fewer somewhat low reviews. I can recommend "Untraceable," but a lower priced matinee may be a good choice if you're not real sure this is a movie you might enjoy.
FBI Special Agent Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane) works hard to maintain a delicate balance between her life as a single mother and her job as a law enforcement officer. Each night, she trolls the Internet with her partner Griffin Dowd (Colin Hanks), cracking down on credit card fraud and sexual predators from the bureau's Portland, Oregon field office. When they receive a tip regarding a creepy new website, the partners begin to monitor killwithme.com in an effort to determine its authenticity.
At first the site seems too outrageous to be real. The creator has stranded a kitten on a sticky rat trap and is calling on his viewers to spread the word as the cat slowly dies on camera. An intense internet search reveals an intricate web of servers and hosts that make the website virtually untraceable, but reveals that the killer is taunting the agents with clues that all point to Portland.
When a local man is kidnapped and takes the kitten's place, an even more frightening scenario unfolds: An online readout indicates how many users are logged on—the more people who visit the site, the sooner the man will die. Unable to stop more and more visitors from clicking on the site, the agents must watch in horror as the counter reaches the fatal number.
Marsh is drafted to investigate the case as part of a multi-agency task force with Portland Police Detective Eric Box (Billy Burke). As the killer's crimes escalate and Marsh turns her considerable talents to finding him, she grows increasingly distracted from her family, unaware of a looming threat to her loved ones. As the task force gets closer to their quarry, the killer tightens an invisible noose that draws Marsh's FBI partner into his deadly scenario. With time running out, Marsh and Box begin to untangle the intricate web of clues and interconnections, but the solution may come too late.