Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Fresh and full of fun surprises, this involving thriller begins in rural Quebec in the seventies when a teenager causes another boy to die in an accident and makes it seem as if the death was his own. Flash forward to present day Montreal where a recently murdered body is found and the local head of police (Tchéky Karyo) brings in a top-notch homicide profiler (Angelina Jolie) from the American FBI to help solve the case. A gung-ho detective (Olivier Martinez) on the Montreal force objects to the interference of an outsider, but eventually this team must band together to catch a serial killer who may have been appropriating people’s lives for almost thirty years. It’s a crackpot case made complicated by a frightened witness (Ethan Hawke) who saw one of the crimes being committed and now gains emotional involvement from our heroine. Although it features some cherry-red herrings and loose plot tangents (Gena Rowlands‘ character is dissatisfyingly involved), this chiller has genuinely jumpy moments and delicious twists that, while not always unpredictable, are well-plotted and thorough. Jolie is confident and impressive in the lead, a mini-Jane Tennison who has a fair share of vulnerability but will never let you down. Kiefer Sutherland co-stars as the object of the investigation’s hunt and Jean-Hugues Anglade provides terrific support as Martinez’s partner.
Directed by D.J. Caruso
Music by Philip Glass
Production Design by Tom Southwell
Costume Design by Marie-Sylvie Deveau
Film Editing by Anne V. Coates