Suspect Zero

2006-03-30 12:43


A string of seemingly unrelated murders winds through the country. Harold Speck, middle-aged salesman from New Mexico, found dead in the front seat of his car, stabbed multiple times. Barney Fulcher, 50-year-old teacher from Colorado, stuffed into the trunk of an abandoned car. Handsome, ruthless Raymond Starkey, executed after he attacks a young woman. What secret do these men share? Who will their killer strike next?

It is up to FBI agent Thomas Mackelway to solve this lethal puzzle. But the killer seems to be taunting him, faxing him hundreds of maddening clues, all of which point to a cunning renegade named Benjamin O'Ryan. Trained in a secret government "remote viewing" program which enabled elite agents to get into the hearts and minds of killers and their victims, O'Ryan became consumed with tracking the ultimate manifestation of a killer - Suspect Zero.

Tortured by identifying with both the victims and their victimizers, has O'Ryan's obsession caused him to become the very thing he is trying to bring to justice?

What the critics are saying:

"Too devised and elaborate to really engage us."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"The cliched and predictable Suspect Zero is the latest evidence that Holly wood has run the serial-killer thriller into the ground through overuse - the same way it earlier exhausted, say, buddy action-comedies."
- Lou Lumenick, New York Post

"Suspect Zero may be nonsense but at least it's not bland nonsense."
- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

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

Despite a good director and a great cast, the movie flounders lamely, trapped beneath its weak and overly complex plot.

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