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Running Time:
103 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for strong violence including disturbing images, language and some sexuality

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Angelia Jolie and Ethan Hawke have a real chemistry and this tends to make you forget some of those enormous plot holes.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Four .documentaries with cast and crew: "The Art of Collaboration," "Profiling a Director," "Bodies of Evidence," and "Puzzle Within the Puzzle"; gag reel; theatrical trailer

Taking Lives
When Montreal detectives handling a local homicide investigation reluctantly ask for an outsider's help to get inside the head of a cunning serial killer, Agent Illeana Scott (Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie) joins the case. With meticulous insight, she theorizes that the chameleon-like killer is "life-jacking" - assuming the lives and identities of his victims. Whe she arrives on the scene, local detectives are questioning an eyewitness to the latest murder. His name is Costa (Ethan Hawke), an artist who is able to give the police their biggest break; a composite sketch of the killer. With the sketch in hand, Illeana is able to positively identify the accused, search his rundown apartment, and interview his estranged mother (Gena Rowlands). But her investigative techniques are met with considerable distain by the local officials; particularly from detective Paquette (Oliver Martinez). He is especially concerned when Illeana allows herself to get too close to Costa after he becomes the serial killerís newest target. The relationship between Illeana and Costa is the films only real failing. With all of her training, itís a bit unbelievable that she would do something so stupid. But when this unexpected attraction sparks a complicated romantic entanglement, she soon begins to doubt her finely honed instincts. Alone in this unfamiliar city with no one she can trust, Agent Scott suddenly finds herself on a twisted and terrifying journey, surrounded by suspects in a case that has become chillingly personal. Director D.J. Caruso (The Salton Sea) has crafted a stylistic thriller in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock. Itís full of striking similar references, including an infatuation with mother-son relationships, voyeurism, and homosexual tendencies. Even the filmís creepy score by Philip Glass is filled with shrieking violins and deep basses reminiscent of the score of Bernard Hermannís Psycho. The only trouble is that unlike Hitchcock, this movie has some enormous plot holes than will have you wondering.

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