- Actors: Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker, Mike McGlone, Luis Guzman, Leland Orser
- Directors: Philip Noyce
- Producers: Martin Bregman, Louis A. Stroller, Michael Scott Bregman
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: UCA
- DVD Release Date: 6 July 2009
- Run Time: 113 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001Q94TOM
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,099 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Bone Collector [DVD]
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When street cop Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) discovers a hideously mutilated corpse, her superiors call on forensics expert Lincoln Rhymes (Denzel Washington) to investigate. Paralysed after an injury sustained in the line of duty, the case gives Rhymes a new lease of life, but he needs a reluctant Donaghy to do the legwork for him if he is to stop the murderer from striking again.
Released in late 1999, The Bone Collector was originally promoted as a thriller in the tradition of The Silence of the Lambs and Seven, suggesting that it would earn a place among those earlier, better films. Nice try, but no cigar. The Bone Collector settles instead for mere competence and the modest rewards of a well-handled formula. With a terrific cast at his service, director Phillip Noyce (Dead Calm, Patriot Games) turns the pulpy indulgence of Jeffery Deaver's novel into a slick potboiler that is grisly fun only if you don't pick it apart.
Noyce expertly builds palpable tension around a series of gruesome murders that lead us into the darkest nooks of New York City.
Now a bedridden quadriplegic prone to life-threatening seizures and suicidal depression, forensics detective Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) gets a new lease on life with a sharp young beat cop (Angelina Jolie) who's a wizard at analyzing crime scenes. She does field work while he deciphers clues from his high-tech Manhattan loft, and as they narrow the search their lives are increasingly endangered. As this formulaic plot grows mouldy, Noyce resorts to narrative shortcuts, using perfunctory scenes to manipulate the viewer and taking morbid pleasure in his revelation of the murder scenes. And yet it all works, to a point, and the cast (including Queen Latifah and Luiz Guzmán) is much better than the material. If you're looking for a few good thrills, The Bone Collector is a pretty safe bet. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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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.
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 ›
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.
In fact, kudos to the acting all around here. Denzel Washington does very well considering his character, Rhyme, is bed-ridden, and Luis Guzman is cast against type here, which is a refreshing watch.
The only thing that is not refreshing about this film, however, is the occasionally stale character stereotypes and plot cliches.
It's the usual murderer killing spree, which the police have to stop before the next murder, thanks to the killer leaving some handy clues. The actual murder sites are interesting viewing, as we watch Jolie investigate, with Washington advising her over the radio. These scenes are well set up, occasionally creepy, and quite tense.
But the film can hit boring patches inbetween the murder sites that really drag. Coupled with the occasional stilted, cliched dialogue, these things really let the film down.
Still, it has a cracking ending, with a few surprises on the way, and people will keep guessing all the way through. Which is good, because the pay-off is really great...