Mr. Brooks

2007-10-08 12:57
What’s it about

Mr Earl Brooks is Man of the year. He has the perfect wife. The perfect life. And he’s charming. But he’s feeling a rising hunger for more… in what murderous way will he sate his hunger? Sound familiar? Director Bruce Evans (who has only directed 1992’s Kuffs before this) draws us cleverinto Brooks’ double life, as he tries to balance his extra-mural activities, and the demands of his family, with a detective hot on his heels, a potential witness to his crime, and an alter-ego screaming for some ”fun”.

What we thought of it

This is no conventional serial killer film. For a start, Costner does the killing this time around. We also journey with Mr. Brooks rather than with the detective (Demi “I’ll make a comeback come hell or high water’ Moore). But there shock gory visuals and blood sprays still serve the genre shamelessly, and if you enjoyed the recent serial killer flicks, Zodiac (David Fincher) and/or Perfume (Tom Tykwer), this one should tickle your fancy.

It’s great to see Costner playing a villain instead of a hero, and starring in a decent movie.

William Hurt shines as Brooks’ sinister alter-ego, Marshall. Costner and Hurt complement each other perfectly, sometimes even moving in perfect unison as two fragments of the same being. Marshall advises Brooks during interactions with others on how to handle various scenarios, or which routes of action to take. When Costner and Hurt share the screen, the chemistry is delicious, a perfectly strung tightrope of psychosis. Yet despite Marshall’s effectiveness as a presence, the Brooks/Marshall interactions also tend to distract from the film’s flow somewhat.

Verdict? Definitely worth a watch. Costner tackles a completely unexpected antiheroic character, while simultaneously debating his psychotic urges with his alter-ego Marshall. Demi Moore? Nothing spectacular here from her, but she does what she needs to. Show up, in other words.

It could be worse; it could be Waterworld 2.

- Evert Lombaert
A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.

Leonie 2007/07/31 10:58 AM
**** any movie that's got such great actors in can only be one of the best!!
Rachel 2007/07/31 5:51 PM
I Can'T WaIT 2 SeE It!! I just wanna see Marg Helgenberger in the movie!!!!! I've wanted to watch this for months!!!
nic 2007/08/15 7:33 AM
NASTY this was one of the NASTIEST movies Ive ever watched!! it left me feeling all dirty and gross afterwards. its dark and very sick. avoid like the plague
Cage 2007/08/16 6:43 AM
Great stuff This movie was absolutly fantastic. I enjoyed the interaction between Earl and Marshall and the sick sense of humor between them. The kind of movie that makes you think. As for nic's comment about making you feel dirty and gross afterwards, thats the whole point, it's not usual for a movie to end that way.
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