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Suspect Zero (2004)

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

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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 through it is the only clue that the killer left behind. Before long, the prime suspect is identified as former agent Benjamin O'Ryan (Ben Kingsley), who is seemingly obsessed with hunting down serial killers and murdering them rather than turning them in to the proper authorities. Though Mackelway believes he knows the area where O'Ryan (Kingsley) is living, he has no idea what he looks like -- a problem that the rogue agent exploits with great success. Despite his brilliance, Mackelway finds himself caught in a psychological labyrinth of sorts, and is faced with an even greater quandary after learning that O'Ryan is looking for none other than Suspect Zero, a murderer of hundreds and the FBI's most wanted man. The supporting cast includes Carrie-Anne Moss and Harry J. Lennix.

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Cast

Aaron Eckhart
as Thomas Mackelway
Ben Kingsley
as Benjamin O'Ryan
Carrie-Anne Moss
as Fran Kulok
Harry Lennix
as Richard Charleton
Kevin Chamberlin
as Harold Speck
Julian Reyes
as Highway Patrolman
Keith Campbell
as Raymond Starkey
Jerry Gardner
as Sheriff Harry Dylan
Nicole DeHuff
as Katie Potter
William Mapother
as Bill Grieves
Donn Owens
as FBI Agent
Catherine Haun
as Joan Speck
David Ode
as Bartender
David House
as Truth of Consequences Cop
Angelina C. Torres
as Neighbor Lady
Jane Goold
as Kathleen
Ben Petry
as Little Boy
Buddy Joe Hooker
as Suspect Zero
Dorsey Ray
as Project Director
Benjamin Petry
as Little Boy
Michael Chapman
as Prosecutor No. 1
Jenny Cleveland
as Little Boy's Mom
Maj. Ed Dames
as Icarus Trainer
Aaron Donahue
as Remote Viewer
Kevin Skousen
as Icarus Agent
Marya Beauvais
as Prosecutor #2
Cecilia L. Webb
as Gospel Singer #1
Hope Bell
as Gospel Singer #2
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Critic Reviews for Suspect Zero

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (35)

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.

August 31, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

[A] visually jarring, psychologically daring trip that explores terror in a fresh, if crazy, manner.

August 30, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Its junkiness shines through its posh patina. Exploitation is just no fun anymore, now that it's all so damn tasteful.

Full Review… | August 28, 2004
Salon.com
Top Critic

A grisly, depraved and wholly uninvolving exercise in empty mannerism.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Suspect Zero is that rare case of a dull idea redeemed by sharp talent.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A violent, depressing and often ridiculous waste of time.

August 27, 2004
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Suspect Zero

½

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."

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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
Thomas Johnston

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Suspected it to be good but got a real ZERO for that. Surely worth a miss!!!

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