Suspect Zero (2004)



Critic Consensus: Other than Ben Kingsley, there's not much to like in this preposterous thriller.

Movie Info

Directed by E. Elias Merhige, Suspect Zero follows the disgraced FBI Agent Thomas Mackelway (Aaron Eckhart), who was transferred to a desolate area in Albuquerque, New Mexico as punishment for botching a procedure which ultimately led to the release of one of the most notorious criminals on the FBI's list. Mackelway is given an opportunity to redeem himself, however, when he is called in to investigate the strange murder of a traveling salesman. Mysteriously, the mark of a circle with a line … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Billy Ray, Zak Penn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 12, 2005
Box Office: $8.6M
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Critic Reviews for Suspect Zero

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (37)

Slips on the banana peel of exaggerated fear factor, falling facedown with the introduction of an über-creep serial killer (Ben Kingsley) grimly stalking some hapless prey.

Full Review… | August 31, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

Essentially an X-files episode that wishes it were as disturbing and visually arresting as David Fincher's Seven (it's not).

October 11, 2006
Christianity Today of those seemingly foolproof flicks that just doesn't work...

Full Review… | April 30, 2005
Reel Film Reviews

The self-consciously arty thriller is a sort of one-size-fits-all audience horror orgy, with an intriguing mix of fixations

November 2, 2004
Long Island Press

A poor man's 'Silence of the Lambs' crossed with 'Insomnia.' And that makes it at least a decent popcorn movie.

Full Review… | November 1, 2004
Las Vegas Mercury

The whole thing would have been over a lot quicker if they had only called in Mulder and Scully.

Full Review… | October 3, 2004
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Audience Reviews for Suspect Zero

A good serial killer thriller. Ben Kingsley really makes this movie work with his very creepy performance.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Ben Kingsley, Carrie-Anne Moss, Harry Lennix, Kevin Chamberlin, Julian Reyes, Keith Campbell, Chloe Russell, Ellen Blake, William B. Johnson, Jerry Gardner, Daniel Patrick Moriarty

Director: E. Elias Merhige

Summary: A killer is on the loose, and FBI agent Thomas Mackelway is on the case, sifting through clues to uncover the criminal's identity. But there's one unusual twist: The bloodthirsty felon's victims of choice are other serial killers.

My Thoughts: "Although it was a new take on serial killing and one I thought was very interesting, the film just wasn't great. Far from it. There is no thrill in this thriller and it needed it. The casting is great, its the writing and directing that leaves something to be wanted. The idea of the film is unique but unfortunately it wasn't executed as well as it could and should have been. A miss that could have been a hit."


Super Reviewer

While Aaron Eckhart and Ben Kingsley bring great performances, it is not enough to overcome the sappy writing that includes the "I slept with my partner" sub plot that adds nothing to the story more than the cliche former lovers working together drama. Too much fiction in the science fiction part of this story does not help either.

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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