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The Bone Collector (DVD)
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The Bone Collector (DVD)
Advantages: Most of the acting is good - Clever story..
As @ the time of writing (February 2013), you can purchase a new copy of the DVD from www.amazon.co.uk for around £3 or from www.play.com for around £4 with free delivery .
The copy of the DVD that I borrowed had no bonus features on it, so this is a film only review.
* THE STORY *
Tetraplegic Lincoln Rhyme (played by Denzel Washington) is completely paralysed from the neck down, being confined to a hospital bed in his apartment. He is only able to move one finger, his head, and both shoulders following a horrific accident some time earlier, and so he relies heavily on his nurse Thelma (played by Queen Latifah) to assist him with his care needs at home. Lincoln previously worked for the NYPD in their forensics division, being an expert in this field and still holds an interest and participation in the field of forensic science. Thanks to his eye for detail and his impressive track record, he is highly regarded and well-known within the law enforcement community.
NYPD cop Amelia Donaghy (played by Angelina Jolie) is on her last day of duty paroling the streets of New York, before being transferred to a 'desk job' when she discovers a mutilated corpse. Taking vital evidence from the murder scene without help or guidance, it becomes apparent to her superiors that Amelia has a natural flair in the field of forensics, given that several 'clues' are discovered as a result of Amelia's quick-thinking.
Lincoln Rhyme, meanwhile, has been asked to look over the facts of the case, and he must work with Amelia, guiding her through his knowledge and expertise, so that she may become his 'eyes' as she visits various crime scenes in an attempt to unearth clues under Lincoln's supervision.
Together with Amelia's recent discoveries and her natural flair for obtaining crucial evidence, Lincoln must piece the puzzle together with Amelia's help so that they may unlock the mystery of this violent killer, as he has made it quite clear he intends to strike again....... And soon...
* MY OPINION *
I quite enjoyed watching The Bone Collector and found the story was rather cleverly written. I haven't read the book that the movie is based upon, so I won't be making any comparisons in this review.
I felt that most of the acting in the film was rather good, with Denzel Washington delivering a flawless performance, which is what I had expected. I wasn't disappointed with any aspect of his acting, and felt in particular that he conveyed the physical and emotional difficulties of being paralysed extremely well. Other issues with Lincoln's physical state were never without emotion or angst too and I thought that the 'seizure' scenes were exceptionally handled.
The character of Lincoln is extremely stubborn, and I felt too that Denzel Washington captured this aspect of Lincoln's personality very well, conveying it with apparent ease. Similarly, I found that the dry side of Lincoln's humour came across very easily and I found there was apparently no aspect of Lincoln's complex character that was without conviction, so much so that you might be forgiven for assuming the part had been created exclusively for Mr Washington.
Alas, the same could not be said for Lincoln's 'Side Kick', Amelia, who was of course portrayed by one Ms Angelina Jolie. Now, I am most likely being somewhat biased as I really am NOT a fan of Ms Jolie at all. I have been convinced only slightly of her acting abilities by way of a tiny proportion of the various performances of hers that I have seen. The rest were, in my view, extremely 'wooden', without proper 'feeling' and emotion being conveyed on screen. It was no huge surprise for me to discover then, that poor Amelia seemed to be an emotion-less 'statue' of a woman. Not only that, but this poor, emotionless, soul had a bizarre accent that seemed to change of its own accord, and often mid-sentence, strangely!
To be fair, there were one or two scenes concerning Amelia's back history that I felt contained enough conviction in them to make them plausible. I even felt a slight empathy towards the character as a glimpse into her difficult past was uncovered. Towards the end of the movie however, I remember thinking that poor Angelina's face must have been aching as the jaw-jutting 'pouting' expression that had been 'set' on her face during the previous half hour or so of movie time must surely be causing severe discomfort? This 'set' expression really did nothing to convince me of Amelia's character, and in fact I found it distracting towards the last part of the film.
The supporting cast all delivered their performances with enough conviction to make them thoroughly entertaining. I found Queen Latifah's performance as Thelma in particular was enjoyable to witness, and I found her character delivered a little light humour at times, which was very welcome, offering a little distraction among some of the 'bleak' scenes contained in the movie.
The Bone Collector is a story about a serial killer, and although there are a few different 'threads' running through the main plot, such as Lincoln's background and indeed, his future, the main focus of the story concerns this brutal murderer who is leaving clues at each crime scene, apparently 'taunting' the forensics teams who are desperately trying to second guess the killer's next move. I found that this storyline was really quite thrilling, and a real feeling of suspense was allowed to accumulate as the scenes unfolded before me. I found too that the 'thrill' in the film was quite long-lasting, which is seldom the case with films like this one, sadly, that often feel a little 'padded out' with their moments of suspense only appearing sporadically among more menial events that occur on-screen. This couldn't be said of The Bone Collector, in my view, and it did feel like I was really quite intrigued in the plots of the story throughout, without my attention wavering. I liked too how, at several 'jumpy' and thrilling moments throughout the movie, the accompanying music seemed to suddenly pique, allowing the scenes to feel much more atmospheric, and creating further tension for the captivated audience to enjoy. This musical 'backdrop' never felt shrill or in any way over-powering, which would have no doubt been off-putting.
As with many good murder stories, The Bone Collector contains a Red Herring... in fact, you could argue that it contains two. This was probably to be expected, and I do believe that some people find such inclusions to be something of a turn-off within a good murder story. I don't really have much opinion on the matter, and didn't feel it either enhanced or spoiled any aspect of the story.
I would watch The Bone Collector again, although probably only if I could forget enough of the plot and storyline to make it worth my while! The 'Whodunit' nature of this movie means that its suspenseful, atmospheric climax would probably be spoiled if you had seen it before. Thankfully, I have a terrible memory for such matters, so may well watch the movie again at a later date.
I would recommend watching The Bone Collector if you are a fan of films that fall within either the 'Crime' or 'Thriller' genres. The acting is enjoyable to watch, with Denzel Washington delivering an excellent performance as Lincoln, who has a very interesting character. The only negative point I have to report when considering the movie is concerning Angelina Jolie's less than credible performance. I do still recommend the film however, and feel it is deserving of four stars in the rating score.
Summary: I'd watch it again...