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Reviewed by Cherie Jung

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Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Dermot Mulroney, Harry Connick, Jr. William McNamara, John Rothman, Will Patton.
Director: Jon Amiel

First off, it's worth the price of a movie ticket just to see Harry Connick, Jr. and his version of crazy.

Sigourney Weaver plays a criminal psychologist (that seems to be the occupation of choice these days) who is "recovering," with the help of pills and alcohol, from a nervous breakdown she suffered after surviving a vicious assault some thirteen months earlier.

Holly Hunter enlists the aid of the Weaver in trying to track down a serial killer who, as it turns out, is mimicking the killings of famous serial killers, and has now begun to stalk Weaver.

This movie reminded me of another recently released thriller, "Seven." The subject matter isn't the same, but the eerie sense of fear that creeps up on you as you sit watching the film is there. The suspense is derived more from anticipation than from actual on-screen violence, the way old horro movies used to scare the wits out of you without so much as showing a decapitation or slashing. Yes, there is blood and there is violence but the fear comes from knowing that you are just as vulnerable as these fictional characters and that anyone you meet today or tomorrow, could be "him."


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