Filmed on location in Montreal and New York, The Bone Collector is a suspense thriller that combines Rear Window and Seven. Two cops on the trail of a brutal serial killer must see as one, act as one, and think as one before the next victim falls. Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) is an intelligent forensics detective who was paralyzed in the line ...
Filmed on location in Montreal and New York, The Bone Collector is a suspense thriller that combines Rear Window and Seven. Two cops on the trail of a brutal serial killer must see as one, act as one, and think as one before the next victim falls. Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) is an intelligent forensics detective who was paralyzed in the line of duty. The author of several books, he has a keen eye for detail and nose for clues that have made him a legend in the law enforcement community. Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) is a street-smart policewoman in her twenties. On her last day as a street cop, before being transferred to a desk job, Amelia discovers a badly mutilated corpse. Rhyme is asked to investigate the case, but he declines. To him, it is an open-and-shut case not worth his time. But when he takes a close look at the evidence, he is intrigued, as the photos reveal complex messages in their details. The lunatic, who might be a taxi driver (a Scorsese allusion), amuses himself by paying homage to legendary murders in his own gruesome acts. Amelia is assigned to assist Rhyme, and she must be the eyes and ears of the quadriplegic detective. And they must capture the killer before he strikes again. Written by Jeremy Iacone and based on a book of the same title by Jeffrey Deaver, The Bone Collector was directed by the Australian thriller specialist Phillip Noyce, who directed such films as Clear and Present Danger and Dead Calm. Gönül Dönmez-Colin, Rovi
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This collaboration with Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie was an education in forensics, crime scene investigation, and criminalistics all wrapped up in one. It was a fantastic movie with a fabulous twist at the end. Never saw that one coming.
Oct 12, 2010
Scary scenes beneath the city streets
This is one of those thrillers that manipulates your insecurities and gives you satisfyingly horrible thrills. Many hands will be covering many eyes!
Lincoln Rhyme (the handsome Denzel Washington), a quadriplegic confined to bed in his home, with a state-of-the-art computer, all accessories and a manoeuvrable hospital bed, is physically and emotionally depleted after four years' incarceration. Enter the gorgeous Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) a female cop who has just prevented interference of a crime scene by stopping a locomotive. Lincoln is impressed with her brains and talent and immediately begins to trust her; she becomes his eyes and ears as he guides her to the next scene of horror, and we realise there is a serial killer on the loose.
The film is one of dark, forbidding situations, of grainy streets and underground venues, where the camera works to further upset our complacency. The music enhances our sense of anxiety as it builds and then falls away, scaring and then holding off but still with that unrelenting sense of things being awash with danger. It's a relief to go back to Lincoln's apartment where the lights are bright and where his nurse (Queen Latifah) has things under control. This actress is a joy on the screen and her character gives out a maternal presence and solid confidence.
It's one of those films where the viewer gets the idea that there's more horror to go through before the denouement, and that it will be eked out bit by bit until the puzzle is solved. - a Hitchcock-type thriller with the two leads more than adequate to hold our interest.
The last few frames almost seem as though from another film, but the writers, Jeffery Deaver and Jeremy Iacone must have thought the viewer deserved some satiety after all that angst.