The Bone Collector 1999

The Bone Collector

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A talented cast is wasted on a bland attempt at a suspenseful, serial killer flick.

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Policewoman Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) is in hot pursuit of a serial murderer whose calling card is a small shard of bone extracted from each of his victims. Unable to decipher the cryptic clues the killer leaves behind at the scene of the crime, Amelia calls upon quadriplegic forensic criminology expert Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) to help. With Amelia acting as Rhyme's able-bodied go-between, the pair piece together disparate clues, hoping they will learn who the next victim is.

Cast & Crew

Angelina Jolie
Amelia Donaghy
Michael Rooker
Captain Howard Cheney
Michael McGlone
Detective Kenny Solomon
Luis Guzmán
Eddie Ortiz
Leland Orser
Richard Thompson, Marcus Andrews
John Benjamin Hickey
Dr. Barry Lehman
Ed O'Neill
Detective Paulie Sellitto
Jeffrey Deaver
Writer
Dan Jinks
Executive Producer
Michael Klawitter
Executive Producer
Craig Armstrong
Original Music
Dean Semler
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Critic Reviews for The Bone Collector

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Audience Reviews for The Bone Collector

  • Feb 28, 2013
    Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) was an expert detective prior to an accident which left him quadriplegic. There is a serial killer on the loose and the police department turn to him. He enlists the help of Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) and the unlikely duo set out to track down the killer. The year is 1999, we are before Saw (2004) but after Seven (1995). This movie does share a lot with these two films but is not as good as either. In certain ways the story is similar to that of Silence of the Lambs as well (rookie cop, female, helped along the way but a restricted man of high intellect) but again The Bone Collector is a country mile away from being as good as Silence of the Lambs. I feel the main reason that The Bone Collector falls short of these other big names within the same genre is that it feels a lot lighter and weaker in comparison. With the story it has and the topics that are covered throughout this film The Bone Collector really should have delivered a much heavier punch than it does. There seems to be little sense of urgency or fear of impending doom. This movie does manage to bring together quite an impressive cast, you have; Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Michael Rooker, Luis Guzman, Leland Orser (another link to Seven) and Ed O'Neil to name but a few. I don't feel that any of the actors were bad, they all gave decent convincing performances. If pressed I would have to say Queen Latifah presented her character the best. She never over-played the part, just subtle gestures and doing what was necessary. I think that The Bone Collector is a good example of satisfactory Thriller. It's not a bad film, it does its job, but is short of being great due to its lack of clout and shallow delivery. It lacks the wallop necessary to stir you from your set.
    James C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2012
    The Bone Collector is an intense crime thriller that gives a little too much away, but still delivers a captivating mystery. The story follows a paralyzed forensic specialist who takes on a young protege in order to solve the murders of a serial killer. The casting is especially good, and includes Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Ed O'Neill, and Michael Rooker. Washington and Jolie have a particularly good chemistry that helps to draw the audience into the film. Additionally, the story is fairly well written and uses some interesting motifs for the serial killings that make them unique and interesting. There are some problems with the last act, but overall The Bone Collector is a compelling and suspenseful film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    A great film. Angelina Jolie is such a great actress. A must see!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2011
    Star vehicle cat and mouse with denzel as the old hand and angelina as the rookie learning the ropes: can they catch the killer in time? Okay thriller boosted by a competent support cast.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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