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The setting is an all boys' prep school and among the students is Alex (a very fine young Eddie Redmayne) who happens to be the son of the headmaster (Patrick Malahide) and is a brilliant scholar - if somewhat of a troublemaker at the same time. Into this setting arrives a new student Nigel (an equally fine young Tom Sturridge) who is a darkly quiet, malevolent, bright lad preoccupied with history and necrophilia. The two boys are placed together as roommates, much to Alex's objections, and gradually secrets are unraveled that show how the two boys become, via gestalt, a sum of evil greater than its parts. Alex is horrified and yet fascinated with the ritual-influenced deaths that begin to occur and when Nigel himself is murdered, Alex is the blamed.
Enter the police: McKenzie (Richard Roxburgh) arrests and charges Alex with murder, but requires substantiation from a forensic psychologist Sally (the always superb Toni Collette). Sally interviews Alex, observes his behavior and manages to get inside his mind, learn about the historical data that has directed the evil from her astute questioning sessions with Alex, and begins to follow her own intuition about the case.Read more ›
At the risk of spoiling part of the story, a note to the film industry: please stop taking your most gifted, beautiful, and talented actor, Kate Maberly, off the stage before the film is over. Years ago, we had a hard enough time watching her get stabbed to death as she played a blind child in the “The Langoliers.” What happens to her here – if you can find all the pieces – tops that. In this film, she can’t even rest in peace, no, you have to go dig her up again. It’s just not right … So, here’s to Kate, a truly fine actor, and to life!
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It comes off as more of a TV show then a movie but I'll watch fetus Eddie Redmayne, who has a bit of a dirty mouth in this.Published 1 month ago by Iesha
Interesting murder mystery/psychotic thriller. One of Eddie Redmayne's early performances.Published 4 months ago by Robert R. Smale
I concur, if Eddie Redmayne is in a movie he should be given a reward for whatever the awards are. He can morph so easily from one person to another.Published 4 months ago by acdfgj123
This is an interesting movie. I wasn't bored. In fact I was very much captivated. So mysterious and creepy. The ending was a little confusing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by DVDviewer
Awesome movie about the making of a psychopath. Really enjoyed it. Have watched it several times.Published 10 months ago by Lynne S.
Solid thriller. A little grasping at times but solid performances.Published 11 months ago by AW Clem