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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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!
"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.Read more ›
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.
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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I like Sandra, but even she couldn't make this movie great. It did entertain for about 2 hours, but not one I will be seeing again anytime soon. should have just rented this one. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Larrybomber 83
While not new, it was quite entertaining if you like serial killer movies. The viewer knew who the killers were from the start of the movie, but catching them proved harder than... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Toot
Bought it for my sister. I already had it. Love Sandra Bullock and Ryan Gosling and this is a great murder mystery.Published 2 months ago by Candace D. Morin
It was a good show. Never saw it and my wife recommended it so I gave it a look and was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael
So smart. The skinny blonde kid. Sex machine and so forth. was a mole. Great story.Published 4 months ago by Jen