(2.5 STARS) Passable Thriller with Diane Lane's Strong Performance I am not quite sure whether or not the plot of this B thriller "Untraceable" is really plausible, where a serial killer sets up a site called KILL WITH ME to show tortures and killings live on interne, but still I can say Diane Lane gives a strong performance for the film as she always does.
Actually, Diane Lane's typically committed performance to give us something credible is amazing, considering how unoriginal her role and other supporting characters really are. Diane Lane plays a FBI agent whose latest job is track down a killer streaming gruesome murders over internet. She has a lovely daughter waiting her at home; her sidekick (played by Colin Hanks) is a techno-savvy guy, and so on. And the way the film ends is very disappointing, which is something so unbelievable and even silly.
Though "Untraceable" deals with cyber crimes, the slow-paced film hardly offers thrill. The film's idea of suspense (if I may call it suspense) heavily relies on torture scenes, but watching defenseless victims and helpless FBI agents soon becomes repetitious. The film certainly tries to be intelligent, telling us something about Cyberspace, but not much. In fact, the film has so many gaping plot holes and incredible events, all of which suggest that it is basically a concoction of ideas borrowed from other films made since "The Silence of the Lambs."
I am not saying I was totally bored while watching "Untraceable," thanks to Diane Lane and capable supporting actors including Billy Burke and Mary Beth Hurt, but for all its use of cyber crimes and the FBI unit fighting them, the film is only a passable crime thriller. Millennium Episode Rip-off! Maybe it's not fair to give this movie one star seeing how I haven't seen it yet. However, after reading everybody's review, I have a pretty good idea what it's about and I have to say this is a rip-off of an episode from the Chris Carter show "Millennium", which predates this movies by ten years!
The episode is entitled "Mikado" and it's from the second season.
In fact, I'm sure if you watch Mikado, you'll agree that this Millennium episode does more in less than one hour than what Untraceable does in 101 minutes.
Okay, don't believe me, just Netflix it and then decide.
Virtually Untraceable I must say that this movie was a very good idea, and I was intrigued about seeing it in the movie theater. So I took my boyfriend against his will to see the movie with me. The problem with this was he is very tech savvy. The premise for the movie states the villian is untraceable, but there are many factors that prove otherwise.
Basically the movie starts at the very beginning with a kitten, and the closer the kitten gets to the milk, it gets shocked. This is to test the waters and see how many hits the sight is capable of getting, and as more and more people hit the site, the quicker the kitten dies. The movie is basically punishing the fans of gore, as many believe its a joke, and others are showing the villian to be a hero.
It is an interesting idea as I stated before. I have to give it credit, because the premise was very good. Diane Lane and her partner try to go after the guy but cant trace him as quickly as they have been able to track other internet predators, and the risk of their timeliness stands a persons life. The villian soon makes the stakes personal and it becomes an obsession.
Note to people with weak stomaches, there are a few scenes where you may need to look down. :( It is worth seeing, but not worth owning.Tough, Brutal Diane Lane Thriller With Something To Say About Modern Times Untraceable certainly isn't a flawless thriller, but it's a solid, enjoyable one. It's not only a grisly, hard-at-times to watch film, but it has a brain, and definite opinions about how our culture seems to feed like pirahna on the misery and suffering of others using the immediacy of the internet.
Diane Lane plays an Portland FBI cybercrime investigator who finds herself after a gruesome killer who kidnaps his victims and tortures them to death on the internet, upping the ante as fast as he gets hits on his website. Lane's character is still grieving the death of her husband, a policeman killed in the line of duty, and this case quickly intrudes on her life with her mom and her young daughter.
There's no phony romance with her cop partner, no killer who is somehow connected to Lane, and she gets to save the day without a male cop taking over for her. There are plot aspects that don't ring true, but overall, this is a smart, engrossing film that has something to say, and says it pretty well.Untraceable When the website Killwithme starts up and shows the cruel killing of a kitten, FBI agents Jennifer Marsh (Lane) and Griffin Dowd (Hanks) are on the case. They work for the cybercrime division of the FBI, and are skilled at tracking down criminals over the internet. One week later, the site is back up, this time with a human being tortured. To make matters worse, the more traffic the site gets, the quicker the victim dies. The killer has somehow made the site untraceable, and the FBI can't stop it and as the public finds out about it, it gets more and more visitors. Soon, the killer's game becomes personal, and if Marsh cannot stop him, she might be the next victim.
"Untraceable" is an average thriller with moments of greatness. It starts out well, but spirals downward as it progresses. That's not to say it is bad though, just that it could have been better. Clearly the movie is criticizing the type of material available for viewing on the internet. That being said, the director has no problem showing the audience exactly what he seems to be rallying against. Sometimes less is more, and this would have been a good opportunity to leave things to the imagination rather than providing torture scenes worth of a "Saw" movie. Again, this is not a bad movie, just one that is flawed and could have been better. Wait for the DVD.