Identity (2003) movie poster

(2003) dir. James Mangold
viewed: 09/21/03

This movie was surprisingly bad. The film is intended to be a clever psychological thriller with a unusual plot “twist.” And to some extent that aspect of it is okay. In reality, it plays out more like a cheap “slasher” film or something, with characters killed off one by one with more of a bent toward the horror genre than the “thriller,” per se.

I don’t want to give away the plot twist, in case it happens to really work for anyone else. I will say though, that one could argue that the shallow stereotypes that stand in for characters in this film can theoretically be explained away by some of the film’s conceits.

All I can say is that after having seen this film and America’s Sweethearts (2001) (which I caught on a plane flight in pieces) is that John Cusack may be one of the more appealing and “cool” actors in Hollywood, but he doesn’t at all make very good choices with his roles.

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