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Anamorph (2007)

Willem Dafoe , Scott Speedman , Henry Miller  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman, Peter Stormare, Clea DuVall, James Rebhorn
  • Directors: Henry Miller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001F0TM1C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,619 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Academy Award®-nominee Willem Dafoe* (Spiderman, Platoon) is a detective drawn into a gruesome case in this intense psychological thriller. Haunted by the killings, he soon finds himself confronting his own deadly past. With each slaying, the investigation takes a different, darker turn. And the nearer he's drawn to the murders, the closer he could become the ultimate victim - or take the fall for the crimes. Also starring Scott Speedman (The Strangers) and Clea Duvall ("Heroes").

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A great movie, gutted halfway through July 20, 2009
Do you remember Seven, that awesome thriller with Pitt and Freeman and Spacey? Do you remember just how wrong the murder scenes were? Get ready to feel that sensation again with Anamorph, the movie that really, truly could have been.

Dafoe plays Detective Stan Aubray, a burnt-out, alcoholic, OCD forensic psychologist, on the trail of a killer that poses his victims in mind bogglingly complex poses.

The acting and storytelling of this is top notch. The feel thats recreated with alarming clarity is Seven, right down to the energetic, cocky and somewhat arrogant new guy paired with the grizzled, embittered veteran. The partner, however, is quickly dealt off, and the plot begins to nose dive after an hour. Dafoes character begins to ignore police protocol, common sense and eventually any sense of morals by the end of the film. Actions begin to become hollow and drawn out, without any apparent sense or purpose. Side plots, including a reporter with apparent romantic tension and Dafoes partner investigating Dafoes character as a copycat killer are chewed up and choked fatally on, dying after one or two hesitant breaths

The only assumption that I can come up with is that the initial writer either died or walked away halfway through, as a competent director, no matter how fervent, could've have botched a movie so badly and still had so many fantastic scenes. The best I can recommend is to rent this truly tragically still-born gem and watch to just after the third murder, then imagine a climax and ending, as nothing you can come up with could compare to the sheer awfulness of the hackneyed cop-out that was made, which resembles a freight train attempting to toot out the tune to the end of 2001 crashing into a brickwall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Good if You Look from the Correct Perspective June 19, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
A lot of people think that Gary Ridgway killed people because, well, he liked to kill people. Other people believe that he killed prostitutes because, at least partially, he wanted free sex. Look at it from whatever perspective you want, but from my angle, I'll go with the latter.

Early on in the film, Willem Dafoe, who seems to be a college-professor-slash-murder-detective, warns his students with something like the following: "When you view a murder scene, take your time and look at it for awhile before deciding why the killer killed. After all, he may not even know himself." Indeed. When Dave Reichert asked Mr. Ridgway if he was different than other people, if he was perhaps missing something vital in his personality that caused him to be a serial killer, Mr. Ridgway just shrugged his shoulders and more asked than answered, "Maybe that whole 'caring' thing?" (I found that line darkly humorous myself, as probably did the filmmakers of "The Hunt for the Green River Killer." I don't believe Mr. Reichert found it amusing, however.)

And this is the setup for a film that I found quite underrated. The theme would probably be simply "perspective." Mr. Dafoe, who I think has chosen a few roles lately that have gone off the rails -- see "Antichrist" and "444: Last Day on Earth" to name but two -- chose to play another character here that is slightly off, but not completely. He's much more controlled, and even though his character has had a dark and troubled past, plays it close to the vest. At first, I thought that he was one of those "gatekeeper" guys, or someone that purposefully hides information at work to stay ahead of his peers. But that would be too simplistic, kind of like those people above that think that Mr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Willem Dafoe is the bomb.. June 25, 2013
By Ken Jr
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a very artistic, creative crime drama. It will leave you panting for the sequel. I bought though I had caught it on cable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Guilty of Multiple Murders--Of Entertainment And Of Logic September 24, 2010
Oh, Blessed Serial Killers! Where would the world of entertainment be without them? In 1995, David Fincher made "Seven." By no means was "Seven" the first or even the best serial killer film ever made, but it has set the standard for the modern wave of imitators. With its bleak visual style and delicately staged murder tableaus, it reinforced the notion of the serial killer as a artistic genius. I mention "Seven" explicitly because its influence can be felt in every frame of the unfortunate "Anamorph." In fact, the only thing that "Anamorph" really has going for it is an interesting visual perspective--but in no way is that enough to sustain the length of this exercise in tedium.

Hoping to uncover a gem, or at least a solid entertainment, I eagerly sat down to "Anamorph." Willem Dafoe is a dynamic actor, Scott Speedman is just hitting his stride, and Clea Duvall is dependably solid. What could go wrong? Even if the film wasn't a masterpiece, surely it would be a bit of dirty fun. I couldn't have been further from the mark--this film was so glacially paced on top of being so ridiculously plotted that I literally counted the minutes until the end. The killer in "Anamorph" sets up murder scenes so intricate, so precise, so over the top. I just wished he'd have channeled his unequalled brilliance into something more productive than grisly murders. Even in a time crunch, he was reliably on target even with the smallest detail. At one point, with Dafoe hot on his trail, the killer had time to execute a full back tattoo on one of his victims that was so complex and specific that a team of artists couldn't have pulled it off in a studio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Monique
4.0 out of 5 stars How intense is Dafoe? And how bad is his haircut?
Dafoe, despite a terrible haircut, is intense like a good deli counterman making a difficult sandwich...something on the upper west side that costs $15.
Published 10 months ago by crazy legs conti
2.0 out of 5 stars It is billed as a "Psychological Thriller"-the billing being half...
It definately is Psychological in the wierdest sense of the word. I erased it toward the end right after "Our Hero (?) " got shot in the belly. Read more
Published 10 months ago by mec
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie
I've always liked Willem Dafoe but not so much in this movie. I don't know, he seemed rather...wooden at times. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tennessee Taz
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this Movie!
A friend told me about this movie and I was afraid it would be just another predictable story... I was very wrong... this is a great and twisted flick!
Published on March 5, 2012 by ERIKA L LANCE
2.0 out of 5 stars Guilty of Multiple Murders: Of Entertainment And Of Logic
Oh, Blessed Serial Killers! Where would the world of entertainment be without them? In 1995, David Fincher made "Seven. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by K. Harris
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, though it doesn't live up to its potential.
Anamorph (Henry Miller, 2007)

The first review I saw after watching this movie started out with the sentence "this movie could have been so much better than it actually... Read more
Published on January 14, 2011 by Robert Beveridge
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, but pointless and confused mess.
Maybe I'm the wrong audience for this film. I've never seen CSI. I only rented ANAMORPH because there were no horror films at the library that I hadn't already seen. Read more
Published on September 12, 2010 by Thomas M. Sipos
4.0 out of 5 stars all the way to Chile
it arrived earlier than expected.
good quality product.


Published on October 26, 2009 by Rodrigo
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