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Identity is a film that will divide audiences -- the twists of its plot will either impress or exasperate you.



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Ten strangers are brought together during a weather emergency, only to discover a far greater danger awaits them in this suspense-drama. A sudden rainstorm in a remote desert town strands a disparate variety of people at a rundown motel. A convict sentenced to death, Malcolm Rivers (Pruitt Taylor Vince), is stuck in transit with his lawyer (Alfred Molina). Ginny and Lou (Clea DuVall and William Lee Scott) are a not-especially-happy pair of young marrieds on their honeymoon. Ed (John Cusack) is a bright and resourceful chauffeur working for actress Caroline Suzanne (Rebecca De Mornay). George York (John C. McGinley) is a concerned husband trying to find help for his wife (Leila Kenzle, who was struck by Caroline's limo. Paris (Amanda Peet) is a prostitute who wants to move on to a better life. And Rhodes (Ray Liotta) is a police detective who has in his custody Robert Maine (Jake Busey), a dangerous and deranged criminal. As the rain pours down and motel manager Larry (John Hawkes) tries to care for his customers, one by one the unexpected guests begin losing their lives at the hands of a murderer. As the body count mounts, the stranded travelers struggle to find out who the killer is; however, they also learn each of them has a secret, and that their arrival at the motel has not been a matter of mere chance.

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Ray Liotta
as Rhodes
John C. McGinley
as George York
Jake Busey
as Robert Maine
Rebecca De Mornay
as Caroline Suzanne
Leila Kenzle
as Alice York
Bret Loehr
as Timmy York
Pruitt Taylor Vince
as Malcolm Rivers
Carmen Argenziano
as Defense Lawyer
Marshall Bell
as District Attorney
Matt Letscher
as Assistant District Attorney
Frederick Coffin
as Detective Varole
Joe Hart
as Bailiff Jenkins
Michael Hirsch
as Naked Businessman
Stuart M. Besser
as Frozen Body
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Critic Reviews for Identity

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Audience Reviews for Identity

An intriguing, tense and solidly structured thriller centered on a mystery that is pretty well developed - even if it cannot escape the clichés of the genre -, but what makes it stand out is how it turns out to be much more intelligent than it seems despite its flaws and absurdities.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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An entertaining, if heavily problematic, exercise in the same universe as "The Usual Suspects" concerning a group of strangers, who seemingly have no connection with one another, stranded at a motel during a dark, rainy night, before one by one they begin to get mysteriously killed. On first watch of this film a few years back, I thought it was a little lame. However, after revisiting it, I have to say it's a tad better than what I had remembered. Notably, the acting raises this movie above "bad" status, thanks mainly to the always dependable John Cusack sweeping in for the rescue. The twists and turns (including one big mega super duper ultra twist) are well executed, although there are certainly more than one plot hole that one can discover rather easily. Still, for being a short little thriller, it conjures up enough atmosphere and curiosity in these characters to make you wonder what is going to happen next. Far from perfect, but also not terrible.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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Directors Cat

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This is how thriller should be, Good suspense, good story, nice twists!

John Manard
John Manard

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