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Sandra Bullock stars as homicide detective Cassie Mayweather, a crimescene specialist on the trail of two high school students, RichardHaywood (Ryan Gosling) and Justin Pendleton (Michael Pitt), who may havecommitted the perfect crime. The students believe that with Richard'scunning nature and Justin's intellect they have created the "perfect"criminal mind and can elude the law at will.Known in the department forher ability to solve cases with her gut instincts and take-no-prisonersstyle, Cassie is saddled with an inexperienced new partner, Sam Kennedy(Ben Chaplin), who plays it strictly by the book. The homicidedetectives must find a way to work together as they uncover a trail ofshrewdly concealed evidence that links a murder to the boys.


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  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Gosling, Michael Pitt, Agnes Bruckner, Chris Penn
  • Directors: Barbet Schroeder
  • Writers: Tony Gayton
  • Producers: Sandra Bullock, Barbet Schroeder, Jeffrey Stott, Richard Crystal, Susan Hoffman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002O3Z4ZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,338 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By A Customer on April 16, 2002
Finally, Sandra Bullock has acted in a good film! Ever since I saw her in 'Speed', I always thought that she was a talented actress. But then 'While you were sleeping' and 'Hope floats' were thoroughly cliched and made me wonder if she was just a one-film wonder. Well, she did prove me otherwise in 'Murder by numbers'.
If you thought from the title or the trailer that this film is about a serial killer, you are wrong (I did that same mistake too!). This film is about the perfect crime or what the killer(s) think will be a perfect crime. As is the case with all killers, they do one simple mistake and that is enough for Casey (the cop played by Sandra Bullock) and her partner Sam to solve the case.
Even though there is no actual suspense in the film, I will not spoil the plot by telling who the killers are. The director does not attempt to hide the identity of the killers, it is fairly clear who the killers are right from the first or second scene. In spite of this, the film continues to gather momentum, with Sandra Bullock and her partner doing their detective work meticulously. Where the film lacks in suspense, it more than makes up for it in the tight story-line and the excellent acting by all the actors.
Sandra Bullock is very convincing as the troubled cop who has a checkered history of her own and that comes to light as the film progresses. Ben Chaplin, who plays Bullock's partner Sam is good too, but the best acting in the film comes from the two young men played by Ryan Gosling (who plays Richard) and Michael Pitt (who plays Justin). Gosling is nothing less than brilliant in his portrayal and his future as an actor sure looks bright.
The film drags a bit towards the end, with the climax being a bit cliched. But this is surely a film that is worth seeing!
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"Murder By Numbers" is merely the latest version of the old Leopold and Loeb story, wherein two amoral youths plan and execute a cold-blooded murder for the sheer intellectual challenge of seeing if they can get away with it. Alfred Hitchcock had a go at the tale back in the 1940's in a film called "Rope," and now it appears to be Barbet Schroeder's turn this time around. Aided by writer Tony Gayton, Schroeder focuses on Richard and Justin, two high school buddies living in a bucolic seaside community in Northern California, who commit murder in order to prove Justin's thesis that the courage to carry through with a crime is the ultimate form of human freedom. Anyone who has read "Crime and Punishment" will know immediately that this is not a particularly original philosophical position and, in fact, the film even makes some heavy-handed allusions to that famous novel in the fact that one of the characters in the movie keeps referring to Justin, the mastermind of the plot, as "Napoleon" (Napoleon serves as the inspiration for the novel's main character, Raskolnikov). Richard is the pretty little rich boy, popular in school for both his good looks and his attitude of cool detachment, while Justin is the nerdy intellectual, dismissed by most of his peers as creepily eccentric, who has made an exhaustive study of just how to "get away with murder" by circumventing all the forensic techniques used in modern crime scene investigation.
"Murder By Numbers" is definitely at its best when it is focusing on the two youths and the strange relationship between them - and clearly at its worst when it is viewing matters from the opposite perspective, that of the criminal investigating team led by Cassie Mayweather, played by Sandra Bullock.
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By A Customer on January 5, 2003
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Two highschool boys decide to commit the perfect murder in order to break up the monotony of their pointless lives. They do it, a tough cop investigates. Sounds great, huh?
The problem with this movie was that it focused on the wrong characters. I think Sandra Bullock was terrific in this role, but her character was just not as interesting as the two murderers. I admired the movie for delving deeper into the psyche of the killers than most serial killer movies would. It just should have focused entirely on them.
The two young actors portraying the killers are amazingly good at showing the subleties of their relationship. Ryan Gosling plays Richard, the arrogant popular kid. Michael Pitt plays Justin, the brilliant outcast. These two unlikely friends kidnap and murder a random victim to "free" themselves. There is clearly a lot of sexual tension between them. It seems that Richard is just using Justin most of the time, but there are a few interesting scenes that suggest otherwise. Look, for example, at the scene where Richard sees Justin kissing a girl. He is devastated, practically in tears. That scene in particular was brilliantly acted.
Sandra Bullock and Ben Chaplin do what they can with their roles, but the cops should have been a footnote. Every time Bullock is on screen, you wish you were finding out more about the two kids. All in all, a good unconventional movie. Could have been spectacular.
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By A Customer on April 27, 2002
Critics gave this only a couple stars. Fans give it four. If you go to movies to evaluate an art form, stick to the stupid boring movies the critics love. If you want to get good value for your entertainment dollar, go see this movie.
This is the serious side of Sandra Bullock. And it is a good one. Not the funny, girl next door of While You Were Sleeping, or Miss Congeniality. More on the level of Practical Magic. Not so serious as Hope Floats.
She gets a lot of on screen time, which is what her fans pay the money for.
The story - two teenagers with too much time on their hands and not enough hobbies think they can get away with murder. Sandra uses her gut instincts far more than her forensic training to read right into their soul and sniff out the rats for what they are.
There are some twists and turns in the story but the characters are not developed well at all. There is a "deep, dark secret" that motivates her cop character that really get lip service rather than providing any insight into her motivations. Still, it is a one dimensional romp showcasing Sandra's great looks and engaging voice. Very well worth the price of admisssion.
I have seen many worse movies that critics swooned over and even gave Oscars to, so don't put much stock in what they say. If you like Sandra Bullock, you will like this show.
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