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A few plus points but nothing outstanding.
on 23 August 2010
Just finished watching this film and I'm unsure what mark to give it: 3 or 4 stars.
The film starts really well. Delivering a shock that makes you sit up and take watch right from the start. But that might have been an exception for me, as I had no idea about what type of film this was, or what it was about; because I was watching this back off the V+ harddrive. I'd recorded it over Christmas and have only just got around to watching it. Anyway, after the initial shock the credits start to role and I saw name after name pop up - Jolie, Sutherland, Hawke - excellent, I thought.
The film all in all is OK. Jolie - of course is stunning to look at and (at the risk of alienating female readers of my review) theres a small sex scene which should keep the averga fellow happy too. But other than this there's not much of note in this run-of-the-mill serial killer thriller.
The twist are fairly obvious, the story OK but still mediocre and the characters felt a little disjointed - namely the Canadian detective and another key figure, who shall remain namless for fear of spoiling things for you.
The film delivers a few good jumps, but in the end you're left with a few lose ends - nothing too serious - but they're there. In the end Taking lives was a good choice to record off the TV, had I watched it at the time, I'd have been quite chuffed as it's a good film to watch on TV; anythings better than the endless repeats and the films that seemed to get aired again, and again, and again. But I'm not sure it's really worth buying.
I haven't seen the extended version, or director's cut, or whatever it is advertised here - but overall I think I'll give this 3 stars. It came close to getting 4, but in the end - other than Angelina Jolie - it lacks that WOW! factor.
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