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Anamorph

3.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Academy Award®-nominee Willem Dafoe* (Spiderman, Platoon) is a detective drawn into a gruesome case in this intense psychological thriller. Haunted by the killings, he soon finds himself confronting his own deadly past. With each slaying, the investigation takes a different, darker turn. And the nearer he's drawn to the murders, the closer he could become the ultimate victim - or take the fall for the crimes. Also starring Scott Speedman (The Strangers) and Clea Duvall ("Heroes").

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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman, Peter Stormare, Clea DuVall, James Rebhorn
  • Directors: Henry Miller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B001F0TM1C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,486 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on July 20, 2009
Format: DVD
Do you remember Seven, that awesome thriller with Pitt and Freeman and Spacey? Do you remember just how wrong the murder scenes were? Get ready to feel that sensation again with Anamorph, the movie that really, truly could have been.

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.
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I've always liked Willem Dafoe but not so much in this movie. I don't know, he seemed rather...wooden at times. Maybe I just didn't like seeing him with that black hair and that pale face.

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.
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Oh, Blessed Serial Killers! Where would the world of entertainment be without them? In 1995, David Fincher made "Seven." By no means was "Seven" the first or even the best serial killer film ever made, but it has set the standard for the modern wave of imitators. With its bleak visual style and delicately staged murder tableaus, it reinforced the notion of the serial killer as a artistic genius. I mention "Seven" explicitly because its influence can be felt in every frame of the unfortunate "Anamorph." In fact, the only thing that "Anamorph" really has going for it is an interesting visual perspective--but in no way is that enough to sustain the length of this exercise in tedium.

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.
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It definately is Psychological in the wierdest sense of the word. I erased it toward the end right after "Our Hero (?) " got shot in the belly. While it is nice that Clea Duvall made some money on this, it is strictly Film Nodd as it will put the viewer to sleep multiple times while drifting through a penumbra of slow-paced wierdness calculated to petrify the senses and stultify the imagination. To say that Anamorph Sucks is to cast a wanton aspersion on the concept of complete vacuum and make Boredom exciting by comparison.
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A lot of people think that Gary Ridgway killed people because, well, he liked to kill people. Other people believe that he killed prostitutes because, at least partially, he wanted free sex. Look at it from whatever perspective you want, but from my angle, I'll go with the latter.

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.
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