American Crime (2004)





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A reporter might have to pay with her life for a big story in this independent crime drama. A small town is gripped with fear when a serial killer with an unusual way of doing his dirty work arrives on the scene. The killer stalks his victims for several days with a video camera before moving in for the kill -- and then sends a copy of the tape to his next victim. Jessie St. Clair (Rachael Leigh Cook) is an ambitious but inexperienced reporter working for a local television station who thinks covering this story could be a stepping stone to bigger things, and Jessie cynically milks the town's fear for all it's worth with the help of producer Jane Berger (Annabella Sciorra) and cameraman Rob (Kip Pardue). Jessie is upset to discover she has competition from Albert Bodine (Cary Elwes), who is covering the murders for a popular tabloid television series, but she soon has bigger things to worry about when she receives a video in the mail which indicates she's the killer's next intended target. American Crime was directed by Dan Mintz, who also served as cinematographer.
R (For violent images, language, and sexual content)
Mystery & Suspense
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Silent Road Productions


Annabella Sciorra
as Jane Berger
Cary Elwes
as Albert Bodine
Kip Pardue
as Rob Latrobe
Rachael Leigh Cook
as Jesse St. Claire
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...a complete and utter mess.

Full Review… | March 2, 2005
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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.

Laura Rachel
Laura Rachel

** (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.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

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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