||[Apr. 13th, 2004|08:47 pm]
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Taking Lives is a twisty, creepy thriller. It's full of great little moments...
But I saw it coming. I did. I didn't see the final twist coming, but I saw the obvious one, the one you're meant to think is the final one, a hundred kilometres away.
I am not a huge fan of Angelina Jolie. I've seen Keifer Sutherland (who's onscreen for only about three minutes) be a scary psycho way too many times. And I've seen Ethan Hawke play a wimpy milquetoast almost as many times. But I've developed a fondness for Tchecky Karyo.
Not only that, the entire movie takes place in Québec. Mainly Vieux Montréal, but also the Eastern Townships and Québec City (although the film can't seem to decide if Québec is playing itself or Montréal). This is a nice thing to see; there are a lot of movies being filmed in Montréal these days, but usually it's playing another city, usually New York or Boston. It's nice to see it get to play itself for a change.
Of course, all of the primary Francophone actors are all French, not Québecois, and you can tell by their accents that they aren't. However, I was happy to see Marie-Josée Croze, so very brilliant in Les Invasions Barbares, as a medical examiner. And such details as a hockey scout, and small, round beer bottles...those were nice to see.
Which isn't to say Taking Lives isn't a fine diversion and a fairly enthralling yarn. I jumped when I was supposed to, and even let out a yelp when something scary happened. It's just got a few little holes.
And don't even get me started on the $2 bill...