Like Minds (Murderous Intent) (2006)

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A murder lifts the lid on some disturbing actions among the pupils at a well-respected school in this drama. Nigel (Tom Sturridge), a student at an exclusive British private school, has been found murdered, and police detective McKenzie (Richard Roxburgh) has been assigned to investigate. Alex Forbes (Eddie Redmayne), one of Nigel's classmates who was known to have little fondness for him, is a prime suspect and has been brought in for questioning; however, he refuses to cooperate, and Sally Rowe (Toni Collette), a forensic psychiatrist working with the police, is brought in to talk to the boy. While Alex is initially no more helpful with Sally, in time she's able to find cracks in his resistance, and he begins to discuss his interest in the Knights Templar, a medieval Christian military order. As Alex shares his belief that the benefits of some actions can outweigh their wrongs, Sally learns more about the boy, and her research turns up some surprising facts - Nigel believed both he and Alex were descended from members of the Knights Templar, they may have been responsible for the death of a schoolmate in the interest of gaining mystical powers, and Alex's father (Patrick Malahide), also the headmaster at the school, has some troubling secrets of his own. Like Minds was the first feature film from writer and director Gregory J. Read.
Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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The Weinstein Company

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Cast

Richard Roxburgh
as Insp. McKenzie
Toni Collette
as Sally Rowe
Kate Maberly
as Susan Mueller
Eddie Redmayne
as Alex Forbes
Tom Sturridge
as Nigel Colby
David Threlfall
as John Colby
Cathryn Bradshaw
as Helen Colby
Patrick Malahide
as Headmaster
Hugh Sachs
as Rev. Donaldson
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Critic Reviews for Like Minds (Murderous Intent)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Armed with more imagination than most thrillers with teen protags, Oz-U.K. co-prod Like Minds is an intriguing whodunit centered on two privileged British schoolboys with an unhealthy interest in the Knights Templar.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

Toni Collette must have owed the director quite a favour.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

For about 20 minutes, this psychological thriller seems to know what it's doing.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
Independent (UK)

Quite, quite ludicrous in every way.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Daily Telegraph (UK)

It's good stuff from Redmayne, but the plot unravels into muddle and absurdity.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007

The type of film that will be looked back on as a notable starting point for its young star, Like Minds is a perfect showcase for his talent, but less so for writer-director Read, who allows the script to career out of control in the second half.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007

Audience Reviews for Like Minds (Murderous Intent)

½

Alex (Eddie Redmayne), a seventeen-year-old student at an elite English boarding school, is accused of shooting a fellow student, Nigel (Tom Sturridge). The arresting officer Martin (Richard Roxburgh) believes Alex is a psychopath and engages a forensic psychologist (Toni Collette) to determine the student's culpability in the hopes of getting a confession from him but she soon finds herself embroiled in a bizarre plot that involves an ancient and powerful secret society known as the ?Templar Knights? and we realize that there is more to Nigel's death than the gunshot incident.

Deb S
Deb S

Super Reviewer

½

Not your usual kind of murder mystery, it was a little slow moving, but really had depth to it and was really an interesting story, in an ?Inspector Morse? style investigation. An impressive performance from Toni Collette (who just seems to get better and better) and Eddie Redmayne who really gave the character substance. Overall, a really enjoyable watch, let down slightly by an anti-climax ending.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

½

Smart. and a compelling performance from Redmayne, but overall a bit standard, bit predictable, slightly unsatisfying.

Steve B.
Steve B.

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