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If you're into serial-killer thrillers, you'll want to seeSuspect Zeroif only to soak up the genre's reliable penchant for creepy atmosphere and creepier behavior. Dark, anguished, and saturated with superficial style, it's a passable exercise in mystery from E. Elias Merhige, who fared better (both critically and artistically) with his acclaimed 2001 filmShadow of the Vampire. The directorial vision evident in that film is also apparent here, but it's pretentiously over-indulged in a grisly plot about the tormented victim of a secret, psychically abusive crime-fighting program (Ben Kingsley) whose pursuit of serial killers in New Mexico is designed to lure a similarly tormented FBI agent (Aaron Eckhart) and his understanding partner (Carrie-Anne Moss) into an investigation that grows increasingly violent and tragically intense. Like Eckhart's character, you may need a handful of aspirin after subjecting yourself to Merhige's visual excess, but as yet another variant ofSeven,Suspect Zeroscores points for attempting something different.--Jeff Shannon
one of the best triller in years Great story and screenplay, perfect acting, excelent direction... a must see.
Another stylised link in a muderously long chain "Suspect zero", another stylised link in a murderous chain In the early ninties two movies hightened the level of filmmaking in a genre that could very well be defined as mere pulp. "The silence of the lambs" and "Se7en" both made history by combining clever scripts with a stunning visual approach that is more than just `making haunting images'. The dark overtone of both films, technical-wise, not only underlined the dark, almost perverse stories, but amplified them, in a way that the entire movie-experience the audience got, was like a stake through the heart. The killer's sad story and the cops' lonely journey through a jungle of hidden clues is now more shown in gastly, haunting images than merely told through dialogue and "Psycho"-like after-the fact-explaining.
That these movies would become classics in their field is proven by the endless line of stylised thrillers that followed, bringing us dark brooding boilerrooms, abandonned factories, empty but haunted asylum buildings and other cruel decors that are now, due to new technical aproaches, even more than ever metaphores, symbols and enigma's. Shaking camera's do their job to create a blurry vision ("Resurrection"), backwards editing creates a cinematic puzzle outof a rather straightforward drama ("Memento"), disturbing noises on the soundtrack makes us alienate as much from the movie as the characters from themselves ("Session 9") and a seemingly permanent shadow-hanging-over-the-main-characters make the people in "The Nameless" sometimes literaly The Faceless.
Now there is "Suspect Zero", an exhaustingly tale about a serial killer who hunts down... serial killers. A slight diversion from the standard story, and being directed by the talented E. Elias Merhige, who made the astonishing mythical "Begotten" in the early nineties, it has a strong visual style to match. Not easy to discribe what director, editor and cameraman are doing here, but it makes you dizzy at times and wonder what it is exactly what you are seeing and why. That's a good thing of course, a movie that raises questions by both form and content. The only question that remains after having seen the end is how many more of these flicks can be made before the routine realy starts to set in and the audience becomes a victim of a stylised, serial killing boredom.
Kingsley is good in this predictable, sometimes slow, disappointing thriller Aaron Eckhart (Your Friends&Neighbors, The Pledge) plays a troubled FBI Agent just assigned to a New Mexico office and he is on a case involving a serial killer called Suspect Zero and his partner is Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix Trilogy, Red Planet) who both have a history together. We then gots the insane ex-FBI agent Ben Kingsley (Schindler's List, Sexy Beast) who is not right in the head at all and who is killing serial killers...hmm. He was part of a program in which he can see things by focusing real hard as he writes what he sees down on a piece of paper. Interesting premise squandered by predictable situations (beginning for example: When the man gets in the car and drives off...of course Ben Kingsley is going to be in the back seat...come on!! I could list a lot but I wont). Kingsley manages to keep this at bay while Eckhart and Moss flounder in the material...Eckhart is alright but Kingsley outshines him. Also starring William Mapother (Tv's LOST, The Grudge) and Harry Lennix (The Matrix Revolutions, Tv's Commander and Chief). Disappointing knowing E. Elias Merhige (Shadow of the Vampire) directed it.