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Suspect Zero (2003)

Director:
E. Elias Merhige
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Suspect Zero
RUNNING TIME
99 minutes
Producer:
Gaye Hirsch
E. Elias Merhige
Screenwriter:
Zak Penn
Billy Ray


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Thomas Mackleway Aaron Eckhart
Benjamin O'Ryan Ben Kingsley
Fran Kulok Carrie-Anne Moss
Harold Speck Kevin Chamberlin
Highway Patrolman Julian Reyes
Raymond Starkey Keith Campbell

 

Review

There are quite a few great films in the vein of E. Elias Merhige's Suspect Zero. And when such films work, they can be both nail-bitingly exciting, groundbreaking creative and thematically interesting. Unfortunately, Suspect Zero fails miserably on the first two accounts. All possible suspense is killed with the disclosed narrative structure, and Zak Penn's script becomes painfully predictable in the process. Yes, there is thematic interest in here, and the Ben Kingsley character is worth a study (if only in the effect of being a Ben Kingsley performance), but the direction is pale as Merhige makes his film look more like a mediocre TV-series than a Seven or a Silence of the Lambs. Neither does it help that the same can be said about most of the performances, with Aaron Eckhart's forced temper and inability to re-act in conversations making his performance more a liability than an asset.

Copyright 20.7.2005 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang [HAVE YOUR SAY]