Suspect Zero (2003)
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.