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  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Ben Chaplin, Ryan Gosling, Michael Pitt, Agnes Bruckner
  • Directors: Barbet Schroeder
  • Writers: Tony Gayton
  • Producers: Sandra Bullock, Barbet Schroeder, Frank Capra III, Jeffrey Stott, Nur Nur Cummings
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jan. 2003
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L3SQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,023 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Homicide detectives Cassie Mayweather (Sandra Bullock) and Sam Kennedy (Ben Chaplin) are called in to investigate a murder, and soon find clues that point to school caretaker Ray (Chris Penn). Cassie then goes to Ray's house to look for further clues, but is violently attacked by his pet baboon and hospitalised. Upon her recovery, Cassie discovers that the case has been closed and that Ray is now dead, apparently having committed suicide. Nevertheless, despite what her colleagues say, Cassie is convinced that justice has not been done, and resolves to get to the bottom of the matter.

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Murder by Numbers is a satisfying, if hardly earth-shattering, addition to Sandy Bullock's CV and the thriller genre in general. While director Barbet Schroeder ratcheted up the tension in his Single White Female, here the action coasts along at a more sedate pace with a tale of teenage murderers that's loosely based on a real incident. (The same incident was the basis for two other movies: Rope and Compulsion.)

Bullock plays seasoned cop Cassie Mayweather, who links the murder of a young woman in Los Angeles to two high-school students. Cassie and her partner (Ben Chaplin) engage in the obligatory game of cat-and-mouse with the two teenagers before the ludicrous finale. It could have been a good film, but Murder by Numbers continually misses the interesting point that this was a crime committed by highly intelligent young men simply for the intellectual thrill of it; instead, it serves up a by-the-numbers thriller with all the trappings of a TV movie. The performances are solid (especially that by Ryan Gosling, who plays one of the murderous teens) but there are so many gaping holes in both plot and logic that the film pretty much manages to disappear into them.

On the DVD: Murder by Numbers gets a by-the-numbers DVD release. The normally commentary-friendly Ms Bullock is absent from the chit-chat here, and the director and editor really don't throw up anything of significant interest beyond discussing an extra scene that they claim is included on the DVD but in fact seems absent and giving the reasons why they couldn't use the high school locations originally planned. The DVD also includes the trailer. A good sharp transfer and strong Dolby 5.1 mix are the plus points. --Jon Weir

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By RORY DOODY on 28 Jan. 2003
Format: DVD
this is an interesting side-step for sandra bullock (one that i wish the insipid julia roberts would take some times). this is darker than average and raises questions about the nature of evil and guilt. while it isn't exactly suspenseful, it does manage to retain your interest for most of its running time. the cast are terrific - ryan gosling is a particular stand-out. bullock is good but she's saddled with a muddled character who's motivation doesn't ring true.
the ending is weak too - going against the thoughtful approach adopted throughout the film and relying on an action set-piece that isn't worked for.
i liked this film though and i would watch it again. it tries a little harder to be different and intelligent and for this it deserves praise.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
Sandra Bullock stars as Cassie Mayweather, a tough police detective who's investigating a murder with the help of her new partner (Ben Chaplin). There are a lot of clues that just don't add up, until Cassie begins to suspect two smart, rich, and very arrogant high school students (Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt).

Actually, we know who did it from the first moments of the film; the fun lies in seeing how Cassie will connect the dots and catch them. This is terrific movie, full of suspense and action. Bullock's character wears a mask of bravado but is really quite wounded from a tragic incident in her past; this makes her vulnerable and very likeable, and she has great screen presence. Chaplin holds his own with her, mixing detective work with inevitable romance, and Gosling and Pitt are outstanding as the creepy teens who think they've committed the perfect crime. We've seen this same basic plot before in "Rope" and "Compulsion," and it's just as good here; a cat a mouse game that's intelligent and scary and kept me on the edge of my seat. Heartily recommended for fans of crime stories and of the talented Ms Bullock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
A modern spin on the Leopold and Loeb case, directed by Barbet Schroeder and starring Sandra Bullock as a cop with emotional baggage trying to prove that two high school kids (Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt) have committed what they think is the perfect murder - just for kicks, allegedly.

There's nothing exactly awful about the film, it's well performed by the principal players, engrossing in narrative, beautifully lensed by Luciano Tovoli and Schroeder layers the production with a suitable feeling of unease. Sadly there's no psychological depth given the two boys by writer Tony Gayton, which renders the whole motives and means, and the investigation of such, as being a shallow exercise in thriller film making.

Running at two hours in length doesn't help matters, because this further irritates that more meat was not written onto Gosling and Pitt's bones, while it also exposes just how hackneyed and clichéd the picture is. Which when the story should be psychologically profound, marks this out as a frustrating viewing experience. 6/10
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "purple-dream" on 8 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
It's hard what to say about this film. It is good to watch, although you would not watch it over and over again. It's interesting and the performances are pretty good. However, there is something missing. You have Sandra Bullock and the lovely Ben Chaplin but it does not totally work. Perhaps it is due to the script or the direction but you are left feeling it could have been better. Having said that, i quite liked it, but i wished if our dear Ben was to crack America it would be with something more substantial. Bascically, give it a look. You might like it and by no means is it bad.
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By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
`Murder by Numbers' is a pretty run-of-the-mill sort of thriller: two spoilt, rich teenagers decide to commit a murder and see if they're smarter than the cops. Unfortunately for them, the `cops' are Sandra Bullock and Ben Chaplin - and these two just won't let go.

So it's a cat and mouse sort of game between the two pairs. Like I say, it doesn't sound like anything that special... and it's not. However, the film is raised above average by the stars. Sandra Bullock acts out of her `kookie-comedy' kind of comfort zone. You may expect her to fall over or hit her head on a frying pan, but she never does - she plays it straight all the way through. Plus the two kids are kind of creepy and you will be rooting for Sandra and Ben to bring them to justice.

And that's about it. If you like either Sandra Bullock or a better-than-average cops hunting killers kind of film, you should like this - at least enough to give you a couple of hours entertainment.

A generous 4/5 stars (probably more a 3.5).
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By Keith Naylor on 21 Jun. 2015
Format: DVD
MURDER MOST FOUL (as Miss Marples might say). A female cop, still traumatised by something which happened in her past, investigates two clever students who think they have committed the perfect crime. An intriguing thriller to visit once again (I had forgotton the twist near the end) and a story COLUMBO would have loved to tackle.
Sandra Bullock is exceptionally good BUT, the acting honours MUST go to RYAN GOSLING, only about 20 years old at the time yet his mature natural performance is incredible. He dominates every scene totally convincingly like some young Brando. An amazing performance beyond his years.
A clever thriller at a bargain price - well worth a second look. KAN
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