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Murder by Numbers (2002)

Director:
Barbet Schroder
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Oppskrift på mord
RUNNING TIME
120 minutes
Producer:
Barbet Schroder
Screenwriter:
Tony Gayton


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Det. Cassie Mayweather Sandra Bullock ½
Det. Sam Kennedy Ben Chaplin
Richard Haywood Ryan Gosling
Justin Pendleton Michael Pitt
Lisa Mills Agnes Bruckner
Ray Feathers Chris Penn
Capt. Rod Cody R. D. Call
A. D. A. Al Swanson Tom Verica

 

Review

Barbet Schroder wants to be as clever here as he was in his best films, such as Reversal of Fortune, but this film ultimately falls into every visible genre-trap and gets caught up with its own silliness. There are interesting characters with interesting stories and backgrounds in here, had it not been for the fact that Schroder tries to read too much into them and makes their flaws too symbolic. By the end, it becomes obvious that this is not a Hitchcock movie after all. Ryan Gosling steals your attention, but judging by this performance alone, you wouldn't think he'd go on to greatness. As a matter of fact, there's more vibrance in Michael Pitt's work here.

Copyright © 18.12.2018 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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