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5.0 out of 5 stars 9 ROOMS, 10 VACANCIES...., October 22, 2003
This review is from: Identity (DVD)
"Identity" is one of those psychological thrillers where you really have to pay attention or you get lost. It's an engrossing mix of creepy murder thriller and character study that draws you in quickly and doesn't let up. A group of disparate strangers winds up at an eerie run down motel in a brutal rainstorm and find themselves being picked off one by one by a mysterious killer. Meanwhile, a schizophrenic mass murderer is scheduled for execution but his psychiatrist is arguing for an insanity reprieve. The stranded strangers discover that they have odd things in common. And then there are the motel room keys left as macabre clues. A truly great cast includes John Cusack as a limo driver, Ray Liotta as a cop, Amanda Peet as a call girl, Clea Duvall as an unhappy newlywed, John Hawkes as the loopy motel "manager" and Alfred Molina as the psychiatrist with Taylor Pruitt Vance as the schizophrenic and Rebecca DeMornay in an all too brief role as a hotheaded TV star being driven by Cusack. Other actors in the cast are good too. Director James Mangold keeps things moving with no room for draggy spots and each character has secrets---their own "baggage" so to speak. How the two plots come together is truly bizarre and beautifully handled. I found the ending to be a let down, but actually it made sense in a frustrating way. So I recommend "Identity" for those who enjoy a genuinely spooky story and murder mystery with a twist. Watching the cast alone is worth watching the movie for. Good extras on the DVD, too.
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Initial post: Mar 13, 2011 4:22:29 PM PDT
Hanna says:
Geez, I did NOT find the ending a let down! Weirdest, strangest movie I've ever seen and have seen several times. Second time, I had totally forgotten how it ended, third time, I remembered but still had to watch. I don't usually watch movies over again, but I'd watch this one for the 100th time, it is so good!

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012 6:02:32 PM PDT
Mary McCabe says:
to those of you who keep calling Malcom Rivers schizophrenic; this is incorrect; he actually has disassociative identity disorder or what used to be called multiple personality DO
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