- Directors: Phillip Noyce
- Region: All Regions
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B005WX3R2I
Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) is having a nightmare when this film opens. He is a cop at a crime scene, a heavy beam falling down on him, nearly cutting him in half and leaving him only the use of his shoulders and one finger. But the dream is a reality, a memory of what happened to bring this famous New York forensics expert to a point in his life when he wants to end it all. He wants to make that final transition and soar with the falcons who nest outside his high rise apatment. He fears that the next siezure will leave him a vegetable, something he can't begin to put his mind around.
When old pal Detective Paulie Sellitto (Ed O'Neill) asks for his help with a murder and kidnapping he begins to use his mind as he once did, thanks to the crime scene evidence procured by young police officer Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie), who had read his book, "Scene of the Crime", and preserved the evidence. The down side is the evidence itself, which tells Lincoln the time and place of the next victim's death, if there is time left to prevent it.
Rhyme is still on the New York Police Department payroll and a whole unit is set up in his place to figure out the puzzle. Rhyme requests the help of the reluctant Officer Donaghy and slowly, as he teaches her by headset how to walk the crime scene grid and find the evidence, a relationship begins to form. It has some stumbling blocks.Read more ›
In summary if you approach this film without trying to compare it to Se7en et al, you will get far more out of it. Equally if you have read the book you may be disappointed. I haven't but generally I am disappointed with the filmed versions of 99% of books. Accept that a director has two hours (or less) to play with whilst the narrative of a novel would typically take maybe 3 or 4 hours to screen in full and the diappointment fades. After the heinous sin that was "The Saint" Phillip Noyce produces his best work since Dead Calm.