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The Bone Collector (DVD)
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The Bone Collector (DVD)
Advantages: Cintematogrpahy is quite eerie...
Disadvantages: Formulaic cop thriller, poor script, doesn't capture the essence of the novel...
Hollywood loves to make serial killer movies, unfortunately not too well. Within the past decade only a minute group was superb (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, a horrifying character study, the highly intelligent Silence of the Lambs and the stylish and sinister Seven), the rest fall into the mediocre to awful category. Unfortunately The Bone Collector falls into the latter. I say unfortunately because The Bone Collector is based on Jeffrey Deaver's most chilling and interesting, if somewhat flawed novel of the same name. After reading the book at a breakneck speed, I really wanted this movie to be good or at the least, give me chills.
Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) is a brilliant forensics specialist who career is practically over after a horrible accident four years ago that has left him completely paralyzed except for movement in his face, shoulder and his right index finger. Bedridden to a life of misery which he decides to end with the help of a doctor, Rhyme is called upon to help track down a brutal serial killer who picks up his victims via cab and then tortures and kills them, leaving behind sets of intricate clues. Enter rookie police officer Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie, with an unusually pumped up set of lips) to become the so-called "legs" of Rhyme, investigating the crime scenes while Rhyme calls the shots from his high tech bed in his stylish and spacious Soho loft.
While the book took great detail in explaining what goes on in the mind of a quadriplegic, the bond and attraction that grows between Rhyme and Donaghy, and the grisly, methodical, tortures and murders, all gets totally lost in the transition to the screen. Not only that but in most cases of novels becoming films, The Bone Collector changes drastically and not for the better in the film version. What is left is a slow paced, clumsily directed, poorly photographed and ultimately boring film. Director Phillip Noyce sets up most scenes with little tension and suspense, which is a major problem if you are directing a crime thriller. But even with a great director at the helm, the script is plain flat and the characters are not that interesting to really even care about.
As far as the acting goes the best that can be said is that at least the actors get their lines out. Denzel Washington, who is one of my favorite actors, basically goes through the motions and never really captures Rhymes tortured soul (although character wise he isn't given much to work with from the script). Angelina Jolie, who was brilliant in the HBO movie Gia and in subsequent films such as Changeling (we'll forgive her for Tomb Raider!), comes off looking lost and not really conveying much of anything. The rest of the actors do not fare much better with the underdeveloped characters, although Queen Latifah gives her best shot in the thankless role of Rhymes health caretaker.
By the end of the film when the identity of the killer is revealed (which comes out of nowhere, which was also somewhat of a problem with the book), some of you will wonder why you sat this long in the movie theater. The serial killer theme has been pretty much worked to death, so maybe it is time to give it a rest for a while. The Bone Collector is major proof of that. Do yourself a favor, skip the movie, pick up one of the most chilling novels written and read it in your dark room late at night. Not recommended.
Summary: Like 100Os of other Hollywood serial killer movies you've seen....