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Taking Lives
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Starring: Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland, Olivier Martinez
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Warner Bros.
Web Site:
Kiddie Movie: It's R for many reason, namely sex and violence and pictures of gruesome bodies.
Date Movie: She might get scared and grab your arm, or you might get scared and grab her arm.
Gratuitous Sex: Ethan and Angelina get it on.
Gratuitous Violence: Yup.
Action: Some chase scenes.
Laughs: A chuckle here and there.
Memorable Scene: The ending.
Memorable Quote: Nothing stands out.
Directed By: D.J. Caruso
Produced By: Mark Canton, Bernie Goldman

Taking Lives
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:43 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I saw nearly every twist and turn coming in "Taking Lives," except one, and in the end it was the main one. Iím so disappointed in myself.

This review will be quick because if I write too much Iíll probably give away most of the things that are supposed to surprise you as you watch "Taking Lives," but if you have any movie-going history, things are pretty much spelled out from the beginning as to who the killer is. Anyway, Angelina Jolie is Illeana. Sheís an FBI psycho detective who has a knack for solving weird cases. Sheís called up to the Great White North, well, Canada, to help an old friend solve a murder. Paquette (Olivier Martinez) isnít happy about this because he feels he can solve the murder on his own. Enter Costa (Ethan Hawke). He was picked up by the cops because he was at the murder scene where he says he saw the killer smash the dead dude with a rock and was trying to save the life of the dying guy. He supplies the cops with a sketch of the dude he saw, and now Hart (Kiefer Sutherland) is the main suspect. While the search is on for Hart, Costa and Illeana start to have feelings for each other, and Illeana is worried her work might be tainted by her feelings for Costa.

Pretty much thatís the basis for the story. Now you get your typical "who really is the killer?" fare, how did he do it, and what in his childhood caused him to be like this, and pretty much each answer is obvious, only the ending tricked me, but thinking back, I should have saw that coming too.

So is "Taking Lives" any good? Itís alright, I was entertained, but really it doesnít take much thought to get through it. Angelina Jolie is okay in the role as the slightly twisted detective, and she still looks hot. Ethan Hawke is good as Costa, and Olivier Martinez is alright as the disgruntled detective. If youíre looking for an entertaining movie, this one is okay, so I suppose weíll just leave it at 2 Ĺ stars out of 5. It did trick me, so I guess it has that going for it.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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