The Bone Collector Reviews
November 6, 2013
Featuring a performance from Denzel Washington and directed by Phillip Noyce, The Bone Collector sounded like an interesting chance to see them both in action.
The Bone Collector skims over some of the context at the beginning of the story. It is established that protagonist Lincoln Rhyme is a quadriplegic and loosely how it happened, but it fails to emphasise what effect this had on his mindset. It also fails to establish the relevance that the case has to him which is explained further in the novel and gives the film a really generic beginning. SinceThe Bone Collector fails to capitalise on the concept behind its protagonist character, it leaves viewers wondering why they bothered to implement it in anyway. As a whole the film ends up having little to do with any characters and is more focused on being just another murder investigation. This is a problem because the investigation itself just fails to spark up any flares.
The story in The Bone Collector is pretty poor. The investigation dedicated to finding the titular Bone Collector is only mildly intriguing because the way that the characters look into the evidence is really familiar without all that much originality. By the end of the film, it all seems pointless because the killer lacks any creative motivations. He comes straight after the protagonist, and while it gives the film a rather effective climax, it renders the entire investigation pretty null. The killer's motivations seem pretty pointless, and it just turns the film into another generic thriller movie without sufficient strength to drive it forward with enough creativity.
Phillip Noyce's stylish direction does give the film a visual flair. The cinematography of the film is certainly atmospheric due to using a wide variety of stylish techniques and angles, and the scenery of the film is greatly convincing. The musical score of the film is intense as well which helps to add to the atmosphere, but all in all it does nothing for the lack of creativity in the film. The Bone Collector has a story which goes as far as a better crime thriller does in a third the time of all the running time it takes for the story to take one step forward before retreating straight back to the beginning. The Bone Collector is truly flawed because its most interesting character is confined to a bed for the entire movie while a more generic one is set in motion to be the hero of the story, and the antagonist is unknown until the last five seconds where his motivations seem ridiculously cheap. The ending to The Bone Collector is seriously lacking in creativity and is nothing more than the result of a poor setup. The language in the film is mostly strong, but the plot dynamics are something else. When I say something else, I mean something else you would have seen countless other times, so ironically they are not something else. If they were then perhaps The Bone Collector could have capitalised on Phillip Noyce's stylish and atmospheric direction a bit more. There is a lot of talent involved in The Bone Collector, but it is all wasted on a lacklustre story which is so full of generic plot elements that it never gives audiences any surprises except that the story legitimately turns out so ineffective that the spirit is never upheld. You can tell that there are good intentions to create a strong thriller in The Bone Collector, but the story just drags it all down.
The cast in The Bone Collector evoke an inconsistent response.
Angelia Jolie is an actress I tend to have mixed feelings about. I always find her to be significantly overrated and overhyped in countless films. With The Bone Collector, viewers are given the chance to see her in the small profile and familiar role of an investigator plagued by the wreckage of her past. But her character is a pretty weak one. For a Police Officer, she is very reluctant to do what it takes to successfully bring a killer to justice because they conflict with arbitrary fears of hers. A Police Officer needs to be strong and willing to do whatever it takes to bring a killer to justice, and Amelia Donaghy is not up to that challenge. She is a generic police officer character without determination, and so she is far from the hero that the story needs. Her melodramatic inner turmoil prevents the character from being a strong one whatsoever, and so from there little can be done with the part. While I liked seeing Angelina Jolie in such a restrained and simple role for once, it required little of her and so that is what she gave to the part. She isn't as strong in the part as she wants to be since she always sticks to a single facial expression, so it is not one of her performances worth boasting about.
Denzel Washington is very solid though. While the film fails to give him much of character despite the high-concept background of his existence, Denzel Washington's performance is easily strong. The role requires little of him, expecting him to lay still the entire time while all he does is talk and use his eyes to act the character out. He does an easily solid job of it because his line delivery is very confident and involved in the material. He brings his own natural level of sophisticated dramatic charisma to the part. Denzel Washington continues his track record of being the standout actor in any film he appears in, even though this time he is confined to a bed for the entirety of the movie.
Ed O'Neil also delivers a memorable and tense performance, and the supporting efforts of Queen Latifa and Luiz Guzman add to it as well.
But despite Denzel Washinton's charisma and Phillip Noyce's flair for a strong visual style, The Bone Collector comes up way too short in the story department by lacking any originality or sufficiently clever twists or turns to keep the investigation of the story stimulating.
October 1, 2014
Washington and Jolie are good here, it's a shame the movie around them is not. The Bone Collector is clichéd and predictable, well, at least until it's ending which is completely Incomprehensible.
October 6, 2014
The critics got it wrong this time.
Denzel, Angelina and Quees Latifah added a suspense to a moive that kept me o the edge of my seat.
Director Noyce and Claude got this file right. I would love for them to make Bone Collector 2.
June 26, 2014
Not bad but nothing special. Had a decent story and kept me into it for the most part, but had some questionable parts and some old movie qualities (1 view)
May 16, 2013
A serial killer is taking his victims' lives and leaves behind mysterious pieces of a bizarre puzzle. It is now up to Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington), a onetime top homicide investigator, who may be the only person who can make sense of his deranged plan. When a tragic accident changes his life forever, Rhyme can only watch as other cops bugle the case... until he teams up with a young rookie, Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie), who bravely searches out the clues that could help them solve the case. As the killer senses the cops closing in, Rhyme realizes that he and his partner are on the trail of a vicious, sadistic murderer who will stop at nothing on his deadly mission. At any moment, Rhyme and Amelia could become his next targets - and their first case could become their last.
also stars Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker, Mike McGlone, Luis Guzman, Leland Orser, John Benjamin Hickey and Bobby Cannavale.
directed by Phillip Noyce.
September 10, 2014
Well acted but ultimately pedestrian and overwrought film that really does very little for the serial killer genre.
September 6, 2014
As a fan of Serial Killer movies, I find this one doesn't measure up to the better, partly because the focus is more about Washington and Jolie than the actual interest of the case or the killer. It is watchable and of course this is a rewatch.
December 27, 2008
Some people win... some people lose... the game is over.
September 3, 2014
This thriller what had of a thriller? It was guided by Denzel Washington for all its lasting, he explained the things before they happened, and the incredible thing is that he understood everything with link that would escape nearly all the people in the world after 20 seconds of reasoning. Also the end was not that thrilling, although a bit unexpected.
August 24, 2014
The 90´s were a fantastic decade for cinema with films like "Pulp Fiction", "Reservoir Dogs", "Toy Story", " American Beauty", "Being John Malkovich ", "The Matrix", "The Silence of the Lambs", "Seven" , etc. Those last two films had such an impact in the thriller genre that Hollywood tried numerous times to replicate their success and "The Bone Collector" is one of those attempts.
In 1997, New York City has a new serial killer who extracts a piece of a bone from the victims and leaves clues that leads to the next victim and his/her identity. This serial killer is investigated by a quadriplegic and ex forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme, Lincoln recruits a Police Officer Amelia Donaghy who discovered the body of a victim on a train tracks. Together they will try to solve the clues left by the serial killer.
Being a thriller, I expected that "The Bone Collector" would count with an exciting and bone chilling story but instead counts with one of the most boring and forgettable stories I ever seen, it had my interest for like 30 minutes but that's as far as it went. Director Philip Noyce tries too hard, and fails, to duplicate Jonathans Demme´s work in "The Silence of the Lambs" with the dark atmosphere and brutal murders of "Seven", he also seem tried to have some physiological aspects but there simply not there. Another flaw is that it wasted its good cast in dull characters: Denzel Washington is lying on a bed the entire film thus limiting his acting abilities, Michael Rooker is just walking into the scenes without any weight and Angelina Jolie gives an adequate performance as a Clarice Starling wanna be.
"The Bone Collector" aimed to be as good as "Seven" but failed by the lack of interesting characters, memorable scenes, entertainment and a good story. While it counts with adequate performances by Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, they could save this forgettable film
August 12, 2011
Denzel rules here, one of his best performances in my opinion.
August 7, 2014
This was probably wen Angelina Jolie was peaking...
August 3, 2014
Película hija de 'Se7en'... Buenos actores y buen montaje (la verdad sea dicha), pero el guión no da de sí. En fin.
May 31, 2014
As is often the case, ignore most of the 'professional' critical reviews. This is an enyoyable movie about a serial killer seen through the eyes of the forensic pathologist.Not up there with 'Se7en', but more than passable.
May 14, 2014
A film that is trying to be Se7en. Total failure., a tasteless thriller.
April 13, 2014
one of the best from Denzel Washington
March 28, 2014
Denzel Washington is forensics expert Lincoln Rhymes who is brought in on a grisly case when a twisted serial killer emerges. With the assistant of officer Amelia Donaghy played by Angelina these two must work as a team before the killer kills again. Who would've thought a suspense thriller where the main character is bed ridden would be so tense? It just goes to show Director Phillip Noyce knows how to get under your skin whilst keeping the answer hidden until the very end, and by the end I was still guessing. I liked the set-up and the characters, but the plot is still your rather typical who-dunnit, but the actual murders and images of the victims are disturbing and grim enough to set The Bone Collector apart from other thrillers. The pipe steam scene topped the gore level, whilst you never see the women get scalded it's implied, you can imagine the heat searing her skin off, and it's the reactions and expressions from the actors that make the whole moment feel more real. With a line-up like Washington, Jolie, Latifah and Cannavale the talent scale is at a high level and their performances are incredbile, watch this movie now!
April 21, 2013
One of my favorites - both book & movie!
May 7, 2010
It didn't really engage me as much as a crime thriller should. I won't spoil anything, but the ending was very random and weak. (First and only full viewing - May 2013)
December 21, 2013
Not a "must see" but a "can watch it".