Mr. Brooks (2007)
Critic Consensus: The setup is intriguing, but Mr. Brooks overstuffs itself with twists and subplots, becoming more preposterous as it goes along.
|Rating:||R (for strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, nudity and language)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense, Drama|
|Directed By:||Bruce A. Evans|
|Written By:||Raynold Gideon, Bruce A. Evans, Gideon Ray|
|In Theaters:||Jun 1, 2007 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 23, 2007|
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Brooks
This wannabe highbrow horror-thriller is a graceless, unfocused piece of work with a central narrative as tonally schizophrenic and wayward as its lead.
A big-budget psycho-thriller that lets two of our more "sedate" leading men cut loose with some entertainingly juicy performances.
It's not that Costner is a bad actor. He's just a one-note actor... like a male Julia Roberts. And this just isn't his note.
A dinâmica entre Hurt e Costner carrega Instinto Secreto: exibindo uma imensa química em suas cenas, os dois atores estabelecem um sentimento misto de tensão e camaradagem entre seus personagens.
The audience is apt to forget its own vicarious indulgence in some fairly perverse, psychologically unhinged acted out fantasy, as Kevin Costner masterminds erotically tinged guilty pleasures.
Audience Reviews for Mr. Brooks
Successful business and family man Earl Brooks is secretly a serial killer whose meticulous planning is unravelled when a witness photographs him at the scene of his latest murder. My first reaction to the synopsis of this film was "Just what the world needs. Another serial killer movie..." but I have to say that the novel approach of this film had me hooked from the start. Costner plays Brooks not as a gleeful killer, but a victim of an unwanted addiction which is personified on screen by William Hurt; a kind of Tyler Durden for psychopaths. It sounds gimmicky but the great performances really make it work and Hurt and Costner have really good on screen chemistry, as the killer argues and jokes with "himself". Far less interesting, unsurprisingly, is Demi Moore and it is difficult to care about her domestic troubles although she is nowhere near as vile as usual. The biggest weakness of the film is its seeming lack of confidence in its own premise; it almost seems to feel the need to throw in a load of other plot threads that only serve to make the film less believable and more unlikely; Moore's shoot out in particular looked like it was crowbarred in from another, inferior film. I felt that if the subplots had been stripped away this could have been an excellent film, but as it is it felt like a breath of fresh air in an overcrowded genre and is well worth watching for the Costner and Hurt double act alone.
With its 80s resurrection cast (plus Dane Cook) and a plot and a visual style more suited to primetime TV, I think a lot of viewers and critics had their knives sharpened long before bothering to watch this film - I know my expectations were low. But what we have here is a movie that goes to some dark places, and a decent performance by Kevin Costner as a compulsive killer, and a consummate professional who hides it from his family and his colleagues incredibly. The Cook character is interesting, too: a hobbyist photographer who takes surreptitious photos of a couple having sex in an adjacent apartment building, he unwittingly captures Costner killing them, and in an attempt to blackmail him he ends up enticed by the crimes and grows interested in taking part. I could take or leave Demi Moore as the cop, and I didn't think her backstory (failed marriage, ex trying to get more than a fair share in the settlement) was very necessary as a subplot, and William Hurt was capable but little else as the personification of the voice in Costner's head, invisible to everyone else and urging him to keep killing. I'd have probably liked it less if my expectations were higher, but it's no better or worse than most mediocre Hollywood divertissement; give it a chance, skeptics, you just might enjoy it.
Mr. Brooks Quotes
|Jane Brooks:||Even if you're innocent, it's nice to know you're not a suspect.|
|Earl Brooks:||The contents of your safety deposit box, Mr. Smith... have vanished!|
|Hawkins:||I wouldn't take the bullet but I would push you out of the way.|
|Marshall:||Why do you fight it so hard, Earl?|
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