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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forensics
The Bone Collector is fast-paced and jerky, with very few plot holes. Angelina Jolie once again displays her beautiful acting talents as the fiesty Amelia. She carries off Amelia's brave but scared attitude as a forensic rookie well, and her use of inflection, movements and faciel expression to display her fear and determination is incredibly realsitic. Denzil...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Denzil can act with his eyebrows
Judging from the dark cover of the dvd this is similar in it's bleak subject matter to Fallen [DVD] [1998],made a year earlier.
And it's just as good without the supernatural aspect.
Again Washington demonstrates that he has PRESENCE,playing a paraplegic detective confined to a bed and only able to use his mind,eyes and one finger(to manipulate software) to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Denzil can act with his eyebrows, 21 Sep 2013
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robert stirling (tarn,s.w.france) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Bone Collector [DVD] (DVD)
Judging from the dark cover of the dvd this is similar in it's bleak subject matter to Fallen [DVD] [1998],made a year earlier.
And it's just as good without the supernatural aspect.
Again Washington demonstrates that he has PRESENCE,playing a paraplegic detective confined to a bed and only able to use his mind,eyes and one finger(to manipulate software) to track a serial killer.
The film is helped by a superb supporting cast,including a surprisingly good performance by Jolie who almost steals the acting honours(for a change).
The plot doesn't insult the viewers intelligence and as the story unfolds we are treated to an exciting manhunt and climax,with a twist that few of us could have seen coming.
Entertaining and worth a watch or two.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forensics, 18 Oct 2002
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The Bone Collector is fast-paced and jerky, with very few plot holes. Angelina Jolie once again displays her beautiful acting talents as the fiesty Amelia. She carries off Amelia's brave but scared attitude as a forensic rookie well, and her use of inflection, movements and faciel expression to display her fear and determination is incredibly realsitic. Denzil Washington is his usual masterful self, once again proving that he is among the elite of black actors, and actors in general. The other characters are well-cast and well-played. The special effects (i.e. the corpses) are realistic and grusomely effective, and the music lends so much atmosphere to the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars expertly done, 8 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Bone Collector [DVD] (DVD)
An incredible storyline well told, of a psychpathic but very highly intelligent killer, giving subtle clues as to the time and place of his nasty gruesome murders. There are few up to solving the task except for our hero, played by Denzel Washington also in the unenviable situation of being a quadraplegic, and his reluctant sidekick Angelina Jolie. The plight of quadraplegics is sensitively dealt with here, and certainly heightened my awareness of their bad situation.

The sets are dark, because a lot of the crime scenes occur underground or with little light, but the photography is skillful, and nothing is lost,even playing DVD on a small screen television.

The characters are colourful, and real, the acting superb, none more so than the unpleasant, resentful, none too bright cop who's Donahy's boss, and is as scathing to her as Washinton is complimentary. There always has to be one to spoil everything.

The tension ramps up as the plot develops and the victims grow in numbers, until the aims of the killer become very personal indeed,
the characters coming together almost like puppets, for the final confrontation, before the last tense nerve shattering final act, I did feel my eyes coming out of my head! That was a beautifully engineered thrilling ride, if a tad gory.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Collects the interest, but loses it, 11 May 2004
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Lincoln Rhimes (Washington) is a paralysed forensics expert who has to make do with just being able to move his head and one finger. His loving nurse, Velma (Latifah) is always in deathly fear of him having a seizure that would leave him a vegetable. Lincoln is just trying to get on with his life, but, when a serial killer leaves a clue to his next victim, Rhimes is quick to jump at the case.
The killer always seems to be one step ahead of the Rhimes and his partner Amelia (Jolie) and gets to his next victim before they find the previous one. The tension and pressure are kept high until the final 40 minutes where the film starts to drag and discentegrate into a meaningless world of confusing ideas. Overall, phillip Noyce has come up with a very good film that is entertaining for a saturday night, not a film for the faint hearted.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scene of the Crime, 12 Jan 2003
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This very good film is an old style mystery thriller with a great atmosphere and some fine performances. I had read the Jeffery Deaver novel and enjoyed this tense and exiting adaption a lot. Some things are changed for the film medium, but the essential feel of Deaver's story and his characters are here. It is suspenseful and engrossing, and it begs for a sequel. Everthing else is just nit-picking.
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. A request to cut off a victim's hands so they can examine her shackles and the suicide of Donaghy's on the job father all help to form a complex working relationship between the two that by the end of the film may be more.
Add to this a killer who likes the history of Old New York and is leaving them forensic clues to each crime, in essence saying 'save them if you can', and you have a teriffic movie. There is fine support from Queen Latifaih as Rhyme's nurse Thelma and a very funny turn by Luis Guzman as colorful science expert Eddie Ortiz. Michael Rooker nicely portrays a pompous Captain Cheney, who resents the respect the C-4 Quad Rhyme gets from his fellow officers and his use of an inexperienced Donaghy to collect the evidence.
This is an exciting film about the pursuit of a killer by putting pieces of the puzzle together until they fit. He picks up his victims in a taxi and likes things that are old; guns, shackles, newspapers, buildings, etc. But the secret to his crimes may be found in the public library, in an old book about crimes in turn of the century New York. The title of the book, of course, is "The Bone Collector". But it won't prepare anyone for the real motive for the killings or his next intended victim.
This is one for a big bowl of popcorn watched with the lights off. Denzel gives a wonderful performance with his face and his eyes alone. Angelina Jolie does a fine job also, her obvious discomfort at the first crime scene evolving into confidence under Rhyme's intelligent tutelage. The resolution to the crimes is tense and exciting and Rhyme is faced with a personal decision of life or death.

Director Phillip Noyce has crafted a very old-fashioned mystery thriller and the score by Craig Armstrong creates a very suspenseful and at times sad atmosphere not to be forgotten. You'll like this movie a lot. It is definitely one you have to own.....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic film, 12 May 2009
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A classic film made even better by the inhanced imaging and sound quality of blueray, a must buy
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bone Collector - Scary but brilliant, 6 Oct 2012
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This film really launch Angelina Jolie's career on the big screen as a New York Cop partnered by Denzel Washington as a Police Psychologist on the trail of serial killer. From his bed following serious injury Denzel builds a profile of the killer while a courageous Angelina follows every move of the killer to gripping conclusion.

Great Blu Ray quality - this one will remain in my collection for a long time!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It isn't Se7en, but then it isn't supposed to be..., 8 July 2001
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This is a superior thriller chiefly because it is unconventional - the crimes themselves are not the main focus of the story. They are, in a sense, the McGuffin that explains how the two main characters are brought together for a human story. Due to this the film does suffer in comparison to the recent classics of it's supposed genre...but you would have to a long, long way to surpass Se7en or Silence of the Lambs - and wisely perhaps the emphasis in the film isn't on that aspect. Washington and Jolie perform admirably - as you expect of them - and the lack of chemistry that is referred to in some reviews was not apparent to me. Surely the point of the human story is that he is trying to make her more than she thinks she can be - and for a good part of the film she resists that - resists being made into a version of him. The point was not to make the viewer believe that there was a sexual chemistry - at least for me - so I was not upset by the seeming lack of this. Amelia is fascintaed with Ryhmes - not falling in love with him. The supporting cast are of a high quality and if I had to quibble with the film I would argue that the final scene is a smaltzy hollywood cop-out.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars bone collector, 1 July 2001
I had my reservations about this film when it came out but it has a chiilin factor. With this film you jump sometimes as the visual and sound effects joined together send a chill down your spine. The storyline is superb but bits could be better.
All I can say is watch it your selves and see what you think.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, 9 April 2012
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this film has cleaned up well after it's upscale to blu ray and also sounds the part. the film it's self is great and keeps me hooked right from that start, some really good performances but still prefer Seven overall in this genre of movie but well worth the purchase.
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