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Dafoe plays Detective Stan Aubray, a burnt-out, alcoholic, OCD forensic psychologist, on the trail of a killer that poses his victims in mind bogglingly complex poses.
The acting and storytelling of this is top notch. The feel thats recreated with alarming clarity is Seven, right down to the energetic, cocky and somewhat arrogant new guy paired with the grizzled, embittered veteran. The partner, however, is quickly dealt off, and the plot begins to nose dive after an hour. Dafoes character begins to ignore police protocol, common sense and eventually any sense of morals by the end of the film. Actions begin to become hollow and drawn out, without any apparent sense or purpose. Side plots, including a reporter with apparent romantic tension and Dafoes partner investigating Dafoes character as a copycat killer are chewed up and choked fatally on, dying after one or two hesitant breaths
The only assumption that I can come up with is that the initial writer either died or walked away halfway through, as a competent director, no matter how fervent, could've have botched a movie so badly and still had so many fantastic scenes. The best I can recommend is to rent this truly tragically still-born gem and watch to just after the third murder, then imagine a climax and ending, as nothing you can come up with could compare to the sheer awfulness of the hackneyed cop-out that was made, which resembles a freight train attempting to toot out the tune to the end of 2001 crashing into a brickwall.
The murders committed in Anamorph were like nothing I'd ever seen and I was fascinated by the effort the killer put forth to create "art". I did wonder how the killer could have taken the time to set up certain scenes in the amount of time he appeared to have. It's the tattoo scene I'm thinking of here as I know tattoos can take a little time to do. Well, he (killer) did a rather large tattoo in a rather short amount of time, or so it seemed, but maybe I'm just being too picky.
All in all I did like Anamorph. Would like to have seen a different ending but was somewhat expecting it.
Hoping to uncover a gem, or at least a solid entertainment, I eagerly sat down to "Anamorph." Willem Dafoe is a dynamic actor, Scott Speedman is just hitting his stride, and Clea Duvall is dependably solid. What could go wrong? Even if the film wasn't a masterpiece, surely it would be a bit of dirty fun. I couldn't have been further from the mark--this film was so glacially paced on top of being so ridiculously plotted that I literally counted the minutes until the end. The killer in "Anamorph" sets up murder scenes so intricate, so precise, so over the top. I just wished he'd have channeled his unequalled brilliance into something more productive than grisly murders. Even in a time crunch, he was reliably on target even with the smallest detail. At one point, with Dafoe hot on his trail, the killer had time to execute a full back tattoo on one of his victims that was so complex and specific that a team of artists couldn't have pulled it off in a studio.Read more ›
Early on in the film, Willem Dafoe, who seems to be a college-professor-slash-murder-detective, warns his students with something like the following: "When you view a murder scene, take your time and look at it for awhile before deciding why the killer killed. After all, he may not even know himself." Indeed. When Dave Reichert asked Mr. Ridgway if he was different than other people, if he was perhaps missing something vital in his personality that caused him to be a serial killer, Mr. Ridgway just shrugged his shoulders and more asked than answered, "Maybe that whole 'caring' thing?" (I found that line darkly humorous myself, as probably did the filmmakers of "The Hunt for the Green River Killer." I don't believe Mr. Reichert found it amusing, however.)
And this is the setup for a film that I found quite underrated. The theme would probably be simply "perspective." Mr. Dafoe, who I think has chosen a few roles lately that have gone off the rails -- see "Antichrist" and "444: Last Day on Earth" to name but two -- chose to play another character here that is slightly off, but not completely. He's much more controlled, and even though his character has had a dark and troubled past, plays it close to the vest. At first, I thought that he was one of those "gatekeeper" guys, or someone that purposefully hides information at work to stay ahead of his peers. But that would be too simplistic, kind of like those people above that think that Mr.Read more ›
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Stan is an alcoholic. Five years have passed since the case that brought him to his knees, catching a serial killer known as Uncle Eddie. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Seeking New Things
Dafoe, despite a terrible haircut, is intense like a good deli counterman making a difficult sandwich...something on the upper west side that costs $15.Published on December 16, 2013 by crazy legs conti
This is a very artistic, creative crime drama. It will leave you panting for the sequel. I bought though I had caught it on cable.Published on June 25, 2013 by Ken Jr