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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 September 2013
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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on 1 January 2013
I watched this movie when it first came out around 13 years ago but hadn't seen it since.It had long since vanished from my collection so I decided to buy it again.
Positives - Denzel Washington - who improves just about anything he's in in my view.
Also Angelina Jolie.This was shot before she was a "celebrity".These days it is perhaps sometimes overlooked she is also a very watchable and charismatic screen actor - as she shows here.
The relationship between the two leads works for me. Support cast is good too. The story kept me hooked right up to the end. Which is the weakest thing about the movie I think.
Your opinions on some movies change over the years but basically my opinion on the Bone Collector is the same as the first time I saw it. A well acted, well directed, entertaining 4 star thriller apart from the final reel which I still thinks needs some work! But much here to enjoy.
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on 18 October 2002
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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on 11 May 2004
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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 18 May 2013
Denzel and Angelina flex their respective acting muscles in this highly engageing thriller. As a rookie cop with an untapped flair for crime scene forensics, Angelina is reluctantly drafted onto Denzel's mini task force to track down a nasty and vindictive killer who taunts the police with clues at each scene. Denzel does remarkably well as the brilliant CSI permanently bedridden due to a devastating injury; he manages to convey a huge range of gravitas and emotion despite the physical constraints of the role. Angelina is wonderful as the intelligent and fragile rookie who must face each crime scene alone. I found the murders to be gory but not violent and the story engaging and well paced. The supporting cast including Michael Rooker and Ed O'Neill were great and Queen Latifah was a very pleasant surprise.
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This is an intriguing film. Criminalist Lincoln Rhyme (Denzil Washington) is crippled by a roof-fall while investigating a case. Four years later, as a quadriplegic confined to his bed, he is called in to investigate another crime. The title of the film is the title of a macabre book that the killer is using as `inspiration' for his crimes. Rhyme is assisted by Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) who discovered the remains in this new case. Although only a constable, she shows such ability as a criminalist she is kept on the case. Captain Howard Cheney (Michael Rooker) is less than pleased to have Rhyme in charge of the case. The twists and turns of the story as new victims are discovered and new evidence emerges, piece by piece, make for fascinating viewing.
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on 12 May 2009
A classic film made even better by the inhanced imaging and sound quality of blueray, a must buy
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on 26 July 2015
This is probably a good film but I think this particular copy must be a bootleg/pirate. The sound quality was abominable (even with headphones) and when I put on the subtitles to try not to miss half the dialogue, they were even worse! The first sentence of some of the speakers' lines came up and the rest was ignored! Heaven help anyone who is deaf and cannot lip-read - this would definitely have been a murder mystery for them!
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on 12 January 2003
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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on 2 October 2013
The Bone Collector was utterly riveting. I took a punt on this movie quite frankly just because of the name - i love a horror/thriller and this seemed right up my street. It features amazing performances from Washington and Latifah the result is a edge of the seat thriller based on the book of the same name. The shock ending is indeed a surprising one as the killer is revealed.
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