Critic Consensus: Identity is a film that will divide audiences -- the twists of its plot will either impress or exasperate you.
James Mangold directs the mysterious psychological thriller Identity, written by horror screenwriter Michael Cooney. On a clichéd dark and stormy night on a Nevada highway, George (John C. McGinley), his badly injured wife, Alice (Leila Kenzle), and son Timothy (Bret Loehr) check into a shabby roadside motel run by manager Larry (John Hawkes). Also at the motel is a limo driver, Ed (John Cusack), on his way to taking actress Caroline Suzanne (Rebecca De Mornay) to Los Angeles. The ten-room motel also houses the prostitute Paris (Amanda Peet), newlywed couple Ginny (Clea DuVall) and Lou (William Lee Scott), and Detective Rhodes (Ray Liotta), with prisoner Robert Maine (Jake Busey) in tow. The severe rainstorm has washed out the road and intermittently cut off the phones and electricity while a series of gruesome events take place, killing off the motel guests one by one. In a parallel narrative, psychiatrist (Alfred Molina) defends his client Malcolm Rivers (Pruitt Taylor Vince), who is scheduled for execution the next day. … More
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Critic Reviews for Identity
My eyeballs were doing some serious rolling of their own at the general ineptitude of this failed mating of Friday the 13th and Ten Little Indians.
the central twist which unifies all the film's elements is so ingenious and unusual that recognising the killer ends up being just one small part of this film's multi-faceted identity.
A good cast is enacting this fancy rubbish; what drew them to the material besides its self-conscious cleverness is beyond me.
Audience Reviews for Identity
This is how thriller should be, Good suspense, good story, nice twists!
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.
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.
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