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½ September 2, 2017
Denzel Washington plays a paraplegic forensic detective who collaborates with a super-smart street cop played by Angelina Jolie to track down an elusive serial killer who sends taunting messages at the site of each of his victim's crime scenes. While the twist at the end is pretty easy to figure out about a quarter of the way through the film, getting there proves to be fairly entertaining. Washington and Jolie do commendable jobs of creating everyday heroes as they race against time to put a stop to the madness and mayhem. Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker, Ed O'Neill, and Leland Orser lend passable support as characters surrounding the events. It tends to play it safe a bit too much but still manages to keep our attention throughout.
½ July 23, 2017
A paralyzed detective that uses another cop as his eyes and hands on the ground is a lovable story. Yet the villain and mystery doesnt really make any sense unlike other crime films. Thats the big drag for this film. But the ending on how a paralyzed man defend himself from the killer is just epic.
½ July 6, 2017
Why the film critics hate this movie? This is one of my favorite serial killer movie that has interesting plot, awesome acting and great directing and scoring. Whole movie was intense with question marks and you get that eerie cult discovery feeling throughout the movie with a touch of humanity that keeps you believing life can't be this awful.
June 1, 2017
Angelina's real break out movie rolls after gia and it worked loved the books wish they had done more
½ March 15, 2017
It's a weakly brewed crime thriller with an anticlimactic ending. Just watch David Fincher's 'Seven' instead.
February 6, 2017
I enjoyed this one, good action murder mystery that kept you guessing until the end, great cast too
½ January 1, 2017
A decent murder-mystery, with Washington being all class and a young Jolie playing an up-and-coming detective - both trying to solve some gruesome murders. Some great shots of New York, and an OK ending.
July 8, 2016
Denzel carries this film, Jolie is a bit dull, plot not too exciting.
January 16, 2016
Absolute classic. Very well done.
December 26, 2015
I remember how everyone started the fuss about Angelia Jolie and then after years, I had finally watched it. Then I realized that she is really good in it.
½ August 23, 2015
Washington and Jolie are interesting to watch, but the plots stumbles along with dialogue and character development that leads to a disappointing end.
June 16, 2015
SUMMARY: A former detective due to an accident in a tunnel becomes a quadriplegic and now joins a rookie to hunt down a sadistic serial killer who leaves clues in a cat and mouse game. REVIEW: This is a good cop movie and an excellent thriller. Denzel Washington and Angolina Jolie are casted perfectly for their roles here. They both did a fabulous job with pertraying their characters and making a good cop duo. They were very convincing in their cop roles. There's enough thrills and excitement to keep you interested in the movie. No matter how many movies that are done in the same cat and mouse scenario I enjoy them. This one was a little more gritty and well thought out. The clues and evidence were pointed out perfectly for the crime to be solved in a understanding way. The Bone Collector in my opinion is an awesome thriller that was casted greatly and acted out brilliantly. A perfect movie for someone who seeks thrills and suspense and a little love story too.
½ May 22, 2015
The cast is talented,too bad the script is not.
½ February 5, 2015
It tries to be Silence of the Lambs, and fails miserably.
January 5, 2015
An adaption of the first of Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series novel of the same name with Denzel Washington playing the quadriplegic, Rhyme and Angelina Jolie playing Amelia Sachs.
Great chemistry between the two leads in this cat mouse thriller.
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2015
Serial killer movies are always welcomed. They are exciting and fun to follow for the most time. This movie had some great moments with the talent Denzel W and Angelina Jolie as the detectives. Story was good and pretty nice thriller scenes but could have been more scary if i must say some negative about it. Overall a well worth seeing flick.
½ December 20, 2014
good cast, great plot, very interesting, overall good film
November 20, 2014
Well played. Is watch it again.
½ November 14, 2014
Stellar suspense movie!!!
November 12, 2014
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.
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