Sinise is quite good as the guy trying desperately to prove that he's innocent, even as he has nagging self-doubts. He seems to draw strength on his feelings of love for his wife, which must be genuine, mustn't they? In this sense, the film is a superb examination of human interaction, with the central trio cycling around each other horrifically. Where it stumbles is in the usual trappings of a movie thriller--endless chase scenes, increasingly risky heroics, plot kinks galore, technological wizardry just for the sake of it. On the whole, the film looks great, with low lighting and effective effects shots. Where it stumbles is in the bombastic music and editing, and in a general cheesiness that pervades the art and set direction. Then the cinematic elements of the plot kick in, trying desperately to create a twist that will shock us. But by then we realise we're back in familiar movie thriller territory, so nothing comes as much of a surprise. Pity.
dir Gary Fleder|
scr Caroline Case, Ehren Kruger, David Twohy
with Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Mekhi Phifer, Tony Shalhoub, Tim Guinee, Gary Dourdan, Tracey Walter, Scott Burkholder, Lindsay Crouse, Elizabeth Pena, Rosalind Chao
release US 4.Jan.02; UK 14.Jun.02
Check-up. Spencer (Sinise) tries to get a body scan, but just keeps getting interrupted...
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