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5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller that re-defines suspense!, October 13, 2003
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This review is from: Identity (DVD)
I had high hopes for this movie. After all, headlining it were John Cusack, Ray Liotta, and Amanda Peet, three actors that I've come to respect and admire.
I had high hopes. And I wasn't disappointed! (It didn't hurt anything that Jake Busey had a role, either...)
IDENTITY is a movie unto itself. It's not the greatest phsycological suspense movie ever made (Hitchock probably had a hand in that movie) but it's pretty damn good.
Okay, here's the plot: ten strangers wind up, by chance (or so it seems) at a motel in the middle of nowhere, on a night filled with rain, thunder, lightning, and all the rest of that suspensful stuff. Among them are: a limo-driver (Cusack) and his employer; a prostitute (Peet) heading home for Florida; a man, his stepchild, and his wife (who's involved in an accident before she reaches the hotel); a young newlywed couple; and a cop (Liotta) escorting an inmate (Busey). Also thrown into the mix is the manager of the hotel who, while no Bates, possesses an air of innocent mystery.
Everything, while not alright, is certainly not dangerous...until the convict escapes, and the killings begin.
But there is a question that plagues the occupants of the hotel: is the convict really the killer? And if not him...then who?
Trust me, ladies and gents--despite what you think, you'll not be able to predict the ending of this awesome, creepy, thought-provking, and downright enjoyable movie. The ending is, indeed, what I would consider to be a classic--I just wish I could tell you more, but I can't.
In this movie, no one--and I mean no one, ladies and gents--is who they seem to be. And that's what makes this movie--much more than a glorified "who-dunit", in case that's what you were thinking--so suspensful and exciting.
IDENTITY is a rarity: a movie for adults (don't go into this expecting a simple, Barney-esque plot) that gives its viewers a childish glee. A must-see! I mean it.
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