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Murderous Intent (2007)

Eddie Redmayne , Tom Sturridge , Gregory Read  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Sturridge, Toni Collette, Richard Roxburgh, Kate Maberly
  • Directors: Gregory Read
  • Writers: Gregory Read
  • Producers: Carol Hughes, Cyril Megret, Damita Nikapota, Hugo Heppell, Jonathan Shteinman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 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: B000P6R9M6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,684 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Murderous Intent" on IMDb

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Thrilling psychological murder mystery starring Toni Collette as a police psychologist trying to solve a series of murders at an all-boys prep school.

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark, Finely Wrought Mystery of the Highest Caliber! August 17, 2007
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For some strange reason the very fine Australian/British film LIKE MINDS underwent a name change and hit the US market as MURDEROUS INTENT. The original title is so much more apropos of the story: the alternate title tends to make the audience pass over 'just another death film' category that prevents this excellent little film from appealing to a wide audience. Writer/Director Gregory J. Reed and his talented cast and production staff deserve better as this is a stunning psychological drama well worth seeing.

The setting is an all boys' prep school and among the students is Alex (a very fine young Eddie Redmayne) who happens to be the son of the headmaster (Patrick Malahide) and is a brilliant scholar - if somewhat of a troublemaker at the same time. Into this setting arrives a new student Nigel (an equally fine young Tom Sturridge) who is a darkly quiet, malevolent, bright lad preoccupied with history and necrophilia. The two boys are placed together as roommates, much to Alex's objections, and gradually secrets are unraveled that show how the two boys become, via gestalt, a sum of evil greater than its parts. Alex is horrified and yet fascinated with the ritual-influenced deaths that begin to occur and when Nigel himself is murdered, Alex is the blamed.

Enter the police: McKenzie (Richard Roxburgh) arrests and charges Alex with murder, but requires substantiation from a forensic psychologist Sally (the always superb Toni Collette). Sally interviews Alex, observes his behavior and manages to get inside his mind, learn about the historical data that has directed the evil from her astute questioning sessions with Alex, and begins to follow her own intuition about the case.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The British And Aussies Do This So Well! May 1, 2010
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Why is it that only the British and Australians can bring this kind of intense mysterious suspense film to life and breathe into it the essence that carries you along for the ride. The young cast is perfectly placed in their parts. And if Tom Sturridge doesn't ignite some teenage hearts with his looks and become a big star there is no justice...especially since he can act his way out of several paper bags at once. Toni Collete by no means lets the young men surrounding her steal anything away from her screen presence and her performance resonates with the deep abiding fear that begins to grow in the back of her mind as she investigates this murder, if indeed that's what it is. I won't dwell on the plot because it spoils the fun. Eddie Redmayne has to carry the crux of the story and this fine young actor never lets you down. Everybody is spot on including one of my favorite old pros - Patrick Malahide. For suspense that builds until you slip off the edge of your seat...see this one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much potential, but what there is is wasted September 20, 2010
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Gregory J. Read's Like Minds, aka Murderous Intent, is one of those would-be ambitious low-budget psychological thrillers that makes for a better trailer than a film, with forensic psychiatrist Toni Collette trying to discover whether egotistical public schoolboy Eddie Redmayne is really responsible for the shooting of his sociopathic 'best friend' Tom Sturridge. Gestalt and the spectre of unhealthily attracted like minds like Leopold and Loeb and Hindley and Brady are evoked, but the script is really too trite and unfocused to make any dramatic capital out of them, while the references to the Masons, Thomas Becket, the Cathars and the Knights Templar are simultaneously vague and crushingly heavy-handed. Rather than showing the growing compulsion that draws the two boys together, the film oh so flatly tells us with excessive narration as if trying to paper over the cracks in post-production and hide the fact there's no on screen connection between the pair. Depending heavily on only assuming one character's point of view to build up its damp squib of a final twist, it's the kind of film where poor writing ensures that not only are the psychology and theology barely even half-baked at best but that the characters are too, and it falls into the trap of demonstrating the youths' supposed superior intellect by only putting them up against stupid people. But then this is a film where so much defies the suspension of disbelief - in one sequence, on discovering that Sturridge is filling his room with dissected dead animals, Patrick Malahide's headmaster insists his son continue to share the room with him because he's intellectually challenging company (and his parents might help him get on in his Masonic lodge). Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous acting in Redmayne January 28, 2013
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Redmayne has shown that his career is on the rise for very good reasons. The part is well acted and this is especially impressive for one who read art history instead of drama at Cambridge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Psychodrama December 27, 2012
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Although I suspected the main outcome from the start, it was a thrilling psycho drama. Kept me interested and intrigued throughout.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars amazing acting.. January 22, 2008
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I have read a lot of things online about people not understanding the ending of this movie, and I'm not positive I fully grasp it myself. I will assure you that you should watch it at least twice, I caught many things I didn't the first time.

I think a few things in this movie were a bit rushed, for instance the gestalt theory which this entire film is essentially based on is not fully explained and is hard to understand, making the movie difficult to grasp since it is so central to the whole thing.
In addition, I don't believe they developed Alex's character enough to fit the sociopathic tendencies they were claiming he had. The whole point of the movie was that both of these boys had these tendencies, but would not have acted upon them had they not met each other. That they fueled each other. It is obvious Nigel leaned toward the sociopath description, with the animals and the fascination with death etc. But where did Alex fit in? So he was troubled, his mother died and he dad didn't pay attention to him, this means he has sociopath tendencies? I just don't see it.
I think they may have missed the mark by a bit, but the overall idea is very interesting and original. The acting is superb and Tom Sturridge (Nigel) is absolutely gorgeous and..freaky..

I overall enjoyed the film.
I may have missed the mark on the interpretation as well, who knows? many have said this is one of those movies that was meant to be pondered, leaving you empty and trying to figure out what it all meant. I'm not so sure, but I say its worth buying used and finding out for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars So I recommend this film only because these amazing actors are in ...
The plot IS preposterous but the acting is so fabulous that it keeps you riveted all the same. Toni Collette can do no wrong and enhances every movie she's in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bess Heitner
5.0 out of 5 stars i had a huge change of heart
At first I thought this would be a movie I would put on for background noise while I cleaned. That didn't happen...I was enthralled. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Russell S
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Redmayne--Need I say more?
I watched this movie because it starred Toni Collette (the mom from "The Sixth Sense") and Eddie Redmayne (from the movies "Savage Grace" and "My Week With... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Makeup Glamazon
4.0 out of 5 stars MURDEROUS INTENT
I LIKED IT. IT KEPT YOU LOOKING AND IN THE END IT WAS SURPRISING AND I REALLY ENJOYED IT. IT WAS A GOOD MOVIE.
Published 11 months ago by wanda allen
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Two stars for the stellar cast and fab acting; but the storyline was not at all for me. A young prep school boy in a bizarre and complex fantasy mindset with his mental friend... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anne Carandini
1.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Redmayne came along way from this to Les Miserable
As Eddie Redmayne's parts in movies grow and he shows increasing depth as an actor, his early neurotic characters appear to be the usual choices of a young actor trying to be... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Patrick Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
Toni Collette is one of my favorite actresses and she can do just about anything. This movie was well written and all the actors did such a great job. I really enjoyed it.
Published 13 months ago by Elizabeth A. Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite movie!
Definitely a must-see! I could go on for hours about this film and how much I adore it. DVD came in perfect condition - have not had a single problem with it.
Published 13 months ago by Clare Clingain
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth seeing
I enjoyed this film. It is not that scary. But there is definitley a twist at the end of the film.
Published 14 months ago by G U
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