I Know Who Killed Me Reviews
The film starts off quite promisingly, weaving together good mystery elements and seemingly jumping backwards and forwards in time. But instead of going into Lynch-ian twists and metaphors the film opts for a more straight forward approach. The movie does just about hold your attention but once the mystery is unveiled things all go a little Hollywood for a rather standard and cliched conclusion. The big reveal itself, while interesting, is only used as a means to explain why these things are happening when it could have been used to completely twist things around and develop the lagging story further. The gore quotant though almost puts both the 'Saw' and 'Hostel' franchises to shame. Director Chris Silverston not turning the camera away the second things get interesting.
The strip scenes (of which I am not a fan - nor movie nudity in general) were actually handled with an amount of grace at least. Silverston making these scenes surreal and mildly erotic - with an almost dream-like use of lighting - without ever really been slutty despite some more crude moments (gusset flashing) which will appeal to both 13 year old boys who've just discovered masturbation and general perverts alike. These scenes though were obviously Lohan's way of trying to shed that squeaky clean image. I'm sure her parents are most proud. It's the plot and pacing where 'I Know Who Killed Me' really falls down, Lohan actually turning in an decent enough performance. Not quite the mess we were expecting then but by the end you'll find yourself curiously musing what was the point?
The quiet suburb of New Salem is being terrorized by a brutal serial killer who abducts and tortures young women, holding them captive for weeks before murdering them. Aubrey Fleming (Lindsay Lohan), a talented pianist and aspiring writer, appears to be his latest victim when she disappears without a trace during a night out with friends. As the days tick by, the special FBI Task Force convened to track the killer begins to lose hope of finding her before it's too late. Then, late one night, a driver discovers the young woman by the side of a deserted road, disheveled and critically injured, pleading for help. The girl is rushed to the hospital, where Aubrey's distraught parents, Susan and Daniel, wait by her side as she slips in and out of consciousness. When she is finally able to speak, she shocks everyone by claiming to be a down-on-her luck stripper named Dakota Moss (also Lindsay Lohan) who has never heard of Aubrey Fleming. Convinced Aubrey is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, her doctors, parents and law enforcement officials can only wait for rest and therapy to restore her memory. But after returning to her parents' suburban home, she continues to insist that she is not who they think she is, despite bearing bizarre wounds identical to those of the serial killer's previous victims. The FBI agents are further mystified when they search Aubrey's computer and discover a short story about a girl with an alter ego named Dakota. When Dakota begins to suspect she may be Aubrey's identical twin sister, Susan (Julia Ormond) shows her a video of her pregnancy ultrasound clearly revealing there was only one fetus in her womb. Confused and terrified, Dakota starts seeing visions of a menacing figure slowly butchering his captive. Convinced that time is running out both for Aubrey and herself, Dakota confronts Daniel (Neal McDonough) with a shocking truth that leads them on a frantic hunt for the killer.
From the beginning to end, I Know Who Killed Me is just a ludicrous mess of a film. With a story this bad, it baffles me that a script went through script meeting. And they said yes to it. When I watched this script go on my TV screen, it is so hard to take this story seriously because the concept from the jump is really absurd. And when a story/script is this silly is released to the world, there is no reason for this script to be written.
The performances are incredibly horrible in every way. However, it is not their because the script is so bad. Lohan, who gives a great performance in the Parent Trap, is especially dreadful in I Know Who Killed Me. Because of her arrest for DUI, on-set bitchiness, and all that jazz, her awful performance shows. The rest of the cast includes Neal McDonough, Julia Ormond, and Brian Geraghty, who are no better-- they are just as terrible as Lohan. Again, the script is just so incompetent and I can't nothing else but the screenplay/script-- which is (I forgot to mention) one of the worst written things that put into celluloid.
The direction.... what direction? There's barely any direction in my opinion. If there was any direction, in my eyes, I didn't see much of it. It's like Chris Sivertson wasn't on set when this film was made.
I Know Who Killed Me supposed to be a thriller but it really isn't. There are no thrills whatsoever. At the end, I saw everything that coming especially when they reveal who the killer was. And the ending is just so pitiful that it is laughable. I can't call this a thriller but I can however call this a comedy. Also, the film features one of the most unintentionally hilarious sex scenes in recent memory. I will not describe it. You have to see it for yourself.
I can go on how shockingly awful I Know Who Killed Me really is. From the inane script, horrific performances, and the nonexistent direction, I Know Who Killed Me is a disaster for everyone involved-- especially for Lohan herself. I am so surprise that is got made. Based on the plot itself, I Know Who Killed is a film that is so distasteful and so vile that it shouldn't been made. It made several critics worsts of lists and won eight Razzie awards-- and rightfully so. The film tries to be technically eye catching and mind-blowing but it flunks on both of these things. I prefer you to skip this misguided excuse of a thriller, However, if you are fascinated by terrible films like I Know Who Killed Me, then this movie is for you. But, like I said, skip this movie at all cost.