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  • Actors: Joanne Baron, Beth Grant, Wes Bentley, Kenny Johnson, Mark Borkowski
  • Directors: Thomas C. Dunn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XJ5UEO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,018 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Mickey (Wes Bentley) is about to get his big break as an amateur filmmaker . . . from a serial killer who turns him and his camera into THE PERFECT WITNESS.

This action-packed psychological thriller takes you into the twisted depths of brutality at its worst. As a struggling young filmmaker, Mickey accidentally stumbles upon a notorious serial killer, James Lemac (Mark Borkowski), and catches one of his murders on film. Believing he can captured the ultimate reality show, Mickey contacts Lemac and sets a face to face to make the serial killer simple offer; Lemac is to be the subject of his new documentary or the grisly murder footage goes straight to the cops. Lemac gives in to the blackmail. What follows is an exhausting and psychological game of cat and mouse between filmmaker and subject. As the lines of blackmail continually shift back and forth, Mickey must ultimately confront the darkest side of not only the killer’s nature, but his own.

Customer Reviews

A good look into the mind of a serial killer.
JerseyGirl
Given the resources, this was an outstanding, surprisingly well-made film.
Pristine
The story progressed methodically and the acting was not very good.
The Dude Abides

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sterling on February 10, 2008
Format: DVD
I always imagined that someone in the world of reality TV would actually attempt what this movie chronicles - a filmmaker capturing the activities of a depraved serial killer. Well, obviously there'd be some moral concerns (rightly so) with the concept, but this movie also explores what else you'd find on that particular downward spiral. Highly suspenseful and engrossing, you can't help but feel trapped, much like the main character in the film, played convincingly well by Wes Bentley. I had the opportunity to watch this one on the independent circuit and was surprised. A strong debut for this up-and-coming director. If you want to be a bit disturbed, this will do it for you.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By NY Movie Critic on February 8, 2008
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Not a run-of-the-mill slasher movie but a scary thriller that has many twists and turns. I don't recall another recent movie like this one - it has a Hitchcock or film noir feel. The acting is excellent and Wes Bentley gives a great, restrained performance as the troubled witness. I was on the edge of my seat during the film. The violence might be disturbing to some but it is not gratuitous. This is a movie that is enjoyable because it is so different, unpredictable, and thought-provoking. Not a typical Hollywood movie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pristine on March 20, 2008
Format: DVD
Given the resources, this was an outstanding, surprisingly well-made film. Borkowski is not only impressive in his portrayal of the serial killer- who is actually more level-headed and logical than all the other characters around him- but he (along with Thomas C. Dunn) also wrote the story.

Also noteworthy is the inclusion of the realistic profile that killers could be people who do charitable work under the watchful eye of the public during daylight hours. There are so many movies that show antagonists in an absolute black-and-white portrayal, and this is simply not the case. We often hear news reports of monsters being hauled away when neighbors are interviewed afterwards with astonished faces, saying "he was such a nice, quiet person with good manners." In showing this, Borkowski and Dunn gives the film an added angle that a murderer could be any one, just around the corner, your neighbor or mine. And that's the primary key to creating fear, because when you walk out of the cinema or finish the dvd, you will look at your nice, courteous neighbors with a sense of doubt. You are no longer that sure...just like waking up from a nightmare involving your partner (who is sleeping next to you) hacking you to pieces and asking yourself, "how safe am I?"

Entertainment is not meant to go down that route. But if the creators set out to do that, they have suceeded here.

It is probably safe to say that most, if not all of us, won't have any idea how a true serial killer behaves, let alone what goes on in his or her mind. But a storyteller like Borkowski & Dunn utilizes our collective perception to create a recognizable atmosphere of dread.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 2, 2010
Format: DVD
In THE PERFECT WITNESS, Wes Bentley (AMERICAN BEAUTY, P2) is Mickey, a documentary film-maker who tracks down a serial-killer named James Lemac (Mark Borkowski). Rather than turn Lemac over to the police, Mickey decides to film the notorious murderer in the act, so he can blackmail him into being the subject of his latest documentary. Mickey's plan seems to work at first, forcing Lemac out of the shadows and giving Mickey some priceless footage. Unfortunately, Mickey totally under-estimates Lemac, forgetting that he is ruthless, vengeful, and homicidal. The proverbial tables are turned back and forth, making for an excellent thriller w/ several nasty twists and unexpected revelations. Along the way, we find out what Mickey is really made of as he tumbles into full moral decline. WITNESS has a few hard-to-watch scenes, including snipets of a rape that show Lemac to be the monster we knew he was. So, be stout of heart if you want to fully enjoy this one. It's well-deserving of its R-rating...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By r-dawg on March 8, 2008
Format: DVD
i just watched this the other day and i was quite pleased. for a lower budget this is a good film. its creppy and it makes you think. worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Steffes on July 29, 2008
Format: DVD
I rented this movie and put off watching for awhile, I wasn't even sure if I would make time for it. I;m glad I did!! This movie is dark and disturbing, and it goes through the main poor decisions twice, so the audience can see exactly how a serial killer, hunts and kills. He did open up about his terribly abusive mother, whose memory haunts him and his sister, but I'm not sure if the sister was beaten like the son was. He chooses slim, dark haired women, guess who they look like? Dear old mom. By the way, how did hi mom's life end? When did it? This movie opens with and a shock and ends with one.
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