American Crime (2004)
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This film is an interesting story especially with the intriguing ending. I'm still amazed by the ending. I don't want to give it away but I was confused between did they leave it open or was it really that crazy. Loved it. Don't get me wrong, it's not the best film out there and you need not run out and get it. The script wasn't the best written and the acting was horrific. The only performance that I felt was adequate for the film was Cary Elwes. This is definitely a run of a mill horror film. www.what-to-watch.com
** (out of four) I think almost every single angle has been done on the whole serial killer genre. It's been done, pardon the pun, to death. "American Crime" tries its best to add another gimicky side to it, but it ends up being just another routine thriller. A killer is on the loose and he likes to videotape his victims as he stalks and kills them. He then sends the tape to his next intended victim. Thinking this is a story that will launch their careers, a small town news crew with a reporter (Rachael Leigh Cook), a cameraman (Kip Pardue) and a producer (Annabella Sciorra) try and investigate the murders, but things change when one of them receives a tape in the mail. Nothing much here to recommend. Cary Elwes as a rival news reporter overplays his character and helps in bringing the entire movie down.
A much enjoyed film, best watched, as I did in bed with the lights out. Very rarely do I feel scared watching horrors etc and yet, I have to admit, I had to look over my shoulder at one point during this film. I?m not saying it?s extremely scary, but there is a good build up of tense moments, in the right setting. The acting wasn?t particularly fantastic and the ending was a tad disappointing, but there?s something about this film that I really liked. My biggest complaint would be how stereotypical the Englishman was made. I?ve lived in England all my life and encountered all kinds of people, but I?ve never quite met anyone like this guy, ha ha.
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