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Monday, April 20, 2009


***** Identity. Drama.

Directed by: James Mangold.
Starring: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet

This is the second DVD Camden and I watched while Carl was gone, and it was Camden's favorite. He loves movies and books with psychological suspense and plenty of twists, and Identity definitely fits the bill.

Ten strangers, including a limo driver (John Cusack) and his movie star passenger, a newlywed couple, a prostitute (Amanda Peet), a young boy with his parents, and a cop (Ray Liotta) and a prisoner he's escorting, are stranded at a motel during a rainstorm. Then they begin to be murdered, one by one.

At first, it seems like a murder suspense on the order of And Then There Were None, but it twists and nothing is what it seems.

John Cusack is a brilliant actor, and the rest of the cast plays their roles just as well. It's all so well done that when you know the twists and watch it again, you can see the clues in the action and the acting, nuances that I'd imagine can't be all that easy to portray.

The setting is perfect--a seedy motel--and the rain is practically another character. There are no wasted scenes, nothing that doesn't fit.

And possibly best of all, there's a ton of fodder for conversation about the story, both acknowledging and disregarding the twist. I suspect film classes would love this one as much as I do.

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I do remember seeing this movie, but for some reason I can't remember the ending of the movie. I remember being "wow" about it when the movie ended.

Maybe you can remind me via email? *grin*
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