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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B001F0TM1C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,069 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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 was." And I agreed with it, but then I started thinking: how many movies can you not say that about? I've seen thousands over the course of my life, and I can think of--maybe--half a dozen that would qualify. That said, I do totally get where that reviewer was coming from. This is a movie that had almost limitless potential, but got sidetracked by a few bad decisions along the way.

Plot: a serial killer is at work in the big city. Stan Aubray (The Boondock Saints' Willem Dafoe), who retired after the city's last big serial killer case, Uncle Eddie, is called in by his old boss (The Box's James Rebhorn, a fine actor we don't see on the screen nearly enough these days) thanks to some startling similarities to the Uncle Eddie slayings five years earlier. He finds himself teamed with impulsive go-getter Carl Uffner (The Strangers' Scott Speedman), who has a tendency to jump to conclusions, though he is about to get promoted to the same Detective First Class role Aubray has. (That Aubray also jumps to conclusions, and got his promotion by doing so, is understood.) The media and the police believe this new guy is a copycat killer, but the longer Aubray works the case, the more convinced he is that five years ago, they got the wrong man. And now Uncle Eddie is after Stan Aubray...

I've only begun to talk about the amazing cast that populates this film. Peter Stormare plays a shady art expert who helps Aubray with his investigation (as well as helps him acquire cut-rate antique furniture).
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