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- Rated: R
- Released: July 27, 2021
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Miramax
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: [CC]
- View the film with audio commentary by director Renny Harlin
- English SDH subtitles
- Profiling Mindhunters
- Stunt sequence
- A director's walk through crimetown
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||LL Cool J, Jonny Lee Miller, Kathryn Morris, Val Kilmer & Christian Slater|
|Performer:||Eion Bailey, Will Kempe, Clifton Collins, Jr. & Patricia Velasquez|
|Directed by||Renny Harlin|
|Edited by||Neil Farrell & Paul Martin Smith|
|Screenplay by||Wayne Kramer & Kevin Brodbin|
|Composition by||Tuomas Kantelinen|
|Produced by||Cary Brokaw, Akiva Goldsman, Bobby Newmyer, Jeffrey Silver & Rebecca Spikings|
|Director of Photography:||Robert Gantz|
|Executive Production by||Moritz Borman, Guy East, Renny Harlin, Basil Iwanyk & Nigel Sinclair|
Rating: 2/4 -- There's nothing particularly deep about this film -- and Harlin's efforts to jazz things up do occasionally go over-the-top.
Rating: C+ -- The sloppily made suspense thriller was deservedly ripped by most critics and was a financial flop. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: 1/5 -- [Miller's accent] isn't Sir Michael Caine in Hurry Sundown bad -- still the worst Southern accent ever attempted by a future Oscar winner and knight. But it's awful enough to call attention to itself in the middle of a movie smothered in awfulness.
Rating: 1.5/4 -- Its every brain-dead move is designed to cover up the implausible story's beehive of inconsistencies. Full Review
Rating: 2.5/4 -- A cool, scrappy B movie with no pretentions Full Review
Excessive violence, hysterical directorial overkill and a cast of mostly glamorous non-actors make this relatively short film seem much longer than it really is. Full Review
Film Journal International
It was supposed to open in the spring of 2003, but they kept pushing back the release date. They should have kept pushing.
Ebert & Roeper
The profilers become the profiled in this SILENCE OF THE LAMBS meets TEN LITTLE INDIANS action thriller. Val Kilmer plays the trainer at the FBI's serial-killer-profiling school; he sets up elaborate field games based on previous cases and the students have to crawl inside the minds of these twisted killers while avoiding getting killed or going nuts in the process. The characters include a guy in a wheelchair (Clifton Collins Jr.), a mysterious Philadelphia detective (LL Cool J), a tough Latina babe (Patricia Velasquez), and a girl with a head for math (Kathryn Morris), among others. Christian Slater plays the leader. For a final test, the group has to spend the weekend at a remote Carolina island and develop a profile of the Puppeteer (he strings people up with hooks from the ceiling so they look like marionettes), a fictional killer created by their genius teacher. However, the class hardly even gets to exposit their background stories before the deadly traps start flying... for real. The killer sets watches for the exact moment when the next death will occur. And since it's a military training island, target practice dummies pop up all over the the full-scale model town to keep things jumping. Director Renny Harlin pumps the film full of adrenaline, and LL Cool J gets to show off his incredible arm strength when he has to swing from pipe to pipe over electrified water in a flooding basement--watch for the great underwater climax. As if that wasn't enough, there are also acid, maggots, arrows, explosions, gas, lots of dominos, ticking timers, and shouting. As the body count rises, everyone takes a turn at being a suspect, and a deadly process of elimination seems to be the only reliable tactic for finding the killer.
Psychodrama | Thriller | Murder | Theatrical Release | Crime | Tests | Serial Killers | FBI Agents | Murder Investigations | Islands | Training
- THEATRICAL RELEASE: MAY 13, 2005
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