Friday, October 28, 2005

Mindhunters

Ah, it has been a very long while since I updated this thing, no? Well, here is the next instalment of my movie reviews. My first review since I last stopped shall be... Mindhunters.

Intro: Mindhunters is a thriller which keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. Combine it with mystery, murder, suspense and action, you get one heck of a ride. Think "Final Destination", only without the 'supernatural' force there. Starring Kathryn Morris, Jonny Lee Miller, LL Cool J, with Val Kilmer and Christian Slater.

Summary: Seven FBI trainee profilers are on an isolated island in the middle of no-where. Here, in order to make profiler, they have to complete the challenge set by their eccentric trainer (Val Kilmer) by solving a 'murder' committed by a 'serial killer'. Of course, this is only training, and their 'serial killer' is not really there and the mangled corpse they find is only a dummy. But things soon become terrifyingly real when one of the agents is killed and the team soon realizes that they have a killer in their midst. The question is, who? Plus, the killer keeps leaving behind watches after each kill, telling the time he will take his next victim. With no escape from the island, the team must play the killer's twisted mindgame and solve the clues he leaves behind before they are all killed. And time is running out. "Iny, miny, mino, mo. Who's the next mother****er to go?"

Comment: I honestly have no idea why the local movie magazine criticized this movie so much. I read the review and decided to watch it anyway, just for Val Kilmer, and the gore. I was surprised! Though there isn't much gore at all, the movie is actually good! It keeps making you ask questions and each time you think you know who the killer is, something creeps up which totally makes you change your mind. Throughout the whole movie, there is suspense. You just don't know who'll be the next to go and how! You'll be guessing throughout and I'll bet your guesses will be wrong for the most part. An edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller you sure have to watch! It is a combination of the freaky thrills of "Final Destination" and the clever mystery of the "Scream" trilogy.

Favorite character: Don't have one, but I'd say Jake Harris, because he's eccentric, his trainees think he's crazy and well, he's played by Val Kilmer! "Are you havin' fun yet?"

Personal Opinion: I love this show! Not one of my favourite movies, but one of my recommended ones to the light-hearted thrill lovers. In this kind of psychological thriller movies, what impresses me most is the mystery. The most intricate, the more impressed I am. So far, I like the mysteries in "Scream" and "Saw" best. "Mindhunter", though not a favourite, is clever enough. It's one heck of a thrill ride. C'mon, who's next?
My Rating: 3.5/5*