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What if every choice we ever make was already made for us? What if there really were no coincidences in life and our destinies were already predetermined? Ten strangers with secrets are brought together in a savage rainstorm: A limo driver (John Cusack), an '80s TV star (Rebecca DeMornay), a cop (Ray Liotta) who is transporting a killer (Jake Busey), a call girl (Amanda Peet), a pair of newlyweds(Clea DuVall and William Lee Scott) and a family in crisis (John C. McGinley, Leila Kenzle, Bret Loehr), all take shelter at a desolate motel run by a nervous night manager (John Hawkes). Relief in finding shelter is quickly replaced with fear as the ten travelers begin to die, one by one. They soon realize that, if they are to survive, they'll have to uncover the secret that has brought them alltogether..
With an ace up its sleeve, Identity does for schizophrenia what The Silence of the Lambs did for fava beans and a nice chianti. On the proverbial dark and stormy night, this anxiety-laced thriller offers a tasty blend of And Then There Were None and Psycho, with a dash of Sybil for extra spice and psychosis. Things go from bad to worse when 10 unrelated travelers converge at an isolated motel and proceed to die, one by one, with no apparent connection... until they discover the common detail that's drawn them into this nightmare of relentless trauma. Even as it flunks Abnormal Psychology 101, Michael Cooney's screenplay offers meaty material for a superior ensemble cast including John Cusack and Rebecca DeMornay (who wins the Janet Leigh prize in a bitchy comeback role). Director James Mangold pivots the action around one character (played by his Heavy star, Pruitt Taylor Vince, in eye-twitching cuckoo mode), and half the fun of Identity comes from deciphering who's who, what's what, and who'll be the next to die. --Jeff Shannon
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 5.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4.48 Ounces
- Audio Description: : English
- Director : James Mangold
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 30 minutes
- Release date : April 3, 2007
- Actors : Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Ray Liotta, John Hawkes, Alfred Molina
- Dubbed: : German, French
- Subtitles: : Dutch, Norwegian, Hungarian, Thai, Czech, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Finnish, Korean, Danish, German, Swedish, English, Portuguese, French, Hindi, Polish, Turkish, Spanish, Greek, Hebrew
- Producers : Cathy Konrad
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000MNOX7Q
- Number of discs : 1
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The movie begins with a psychiatrist going through the files of serial killer Malcolm Rivers. He finds a diary that allows Malcolm to stay his execution to go over his case one more time. Rivers suffers from multiple personalities and recites a story about how he saw a man that wasn’t there. That foreshadows what will happen later on.
Then things suddenly flip to something completely different as a number of different people check into a motel. One family suffered an accident and the wife was badly injured. One is a prostitute. One is an actress and her chauffeur. One is a cop with a criminal, and another is a couple. They all get stuck at the motel cut off from the outside world and then people start ending up dead. The twist in the story is how the murderer Rivers is connected to the people in the hotel and it is not what you expect.
People who like the film will take about the innovative twist. Those that hate it will feel like they’ve been cheated and that most of what they just watched doesn’t really matter at all. Put me in the latter camp. Even worse is that the twist is revealed 2/3 of the way into the movie and then they continue as if the audience is still supposed to care about the storyline that’s not relevant anymore.
but in this film was still kind of interesting. It is a fantastic premise that gives nothing away until the end, a sad ending.
a rainy motel where it never stops raining and you cant leave. People start dying. There are keys.
meanwhile a patient is about to be put to death somewhere...
its a mystery in a riddle in a script about a .. well watch it for yourself. It's very good. scary.
John Cusack, Ray Liotta and Amanda Peet, lead a talented cast in the ever more gripping drama. The story is built up neatly, piece by piece, to a surprising denouement and counterpoint. The suspense is nicely graduated so as to keep one attuned with no accumulated fatigue to the end. This is one where knowing the end will much diminish the pleasure derived from the movie. There is sufficient violence to require care about the maturity of the viewer, but it is nothing compared to the average violent film these days.
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Top marks for creating the right atmosphere!
But it falls down in two places - it reveals the main plot twist too early. This revelation almost kills any remaining suspense and interest in further proceedings is almost lost. The whole basis of the movie hangs on this brilliant plot twist and it needed to come right at the end.
However, even with this failing it's still worth a look if you want to see a fast paced intriguing thriller. A lot of people must have thought so too, as at the box office it made approx. 3 times its cost!
Oh, and the other failing - how could anyone write out the stunning Rebecca De Mornay so early on in a movie! KAN
Picture & sound emexcellent.