The Watcher details
|Starring:||Keanu Reeves, Ernie Hudson, Marisa Tomei, Marisa Tomei, James Spader, Robert Cicchini, Chris Ellis, Jennifer McShane|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Run time:||1 hour 33 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Feb 2002|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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In my humble opinion ...By Michael#326 from HEREFORD , 17 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]In my humble opinion Keanu Reeves plays the villian better than he does the hero. There is something about his acting that makes you think that he could cross the line into madness very easily, whatever the role he is playing, so this film suits his acting style to a tee, as he plays a murderous nutter taunting the investigating policeman (James Spader, in one of his better roles) with his crimes. And he plays this sadistic villian very well indeed.
This is a stylish film that keeps you watching to the bitter end, without sudden urges to go and make a pot of tea. Good plot, good acting, and a nice bit of tension building. I would say that it is well worth the effort of renting.
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Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008The storyline of this film doesn't offer anything new - hack roles of copper with issues, charismatic serial killer and token female in distress. Despite that, I was drawn to by its (ordinarily strong) cast. Keanu Reeves, when stretched is very good (see A Scanner Darkly and The Gift). Unfortunately, Reeves plays his serial killer as a maturer version of Ted (of Bill and Ted) so didn't strike me as particularly credible.
It's not entirely his fault, the script and screenplay seem to have been cobbled together from a thousand others from the same genre. As such the characters were two dimensional and lacked motivation. If Reeves had any, it was 'You're killing because you've been cast as a killer', and not because his character had pyschopathic tendencies.
Maria Tomsei as the Spader character's psychiatrist lacks the authority that comes with that postion. Her body language during their sessions suggests she's uncomfortable and she'd rather be somewhere else. Hunched up in her chair, she looks faintly embarassed. It's not just her, the entire cast have an air of 'We signed a contract; let's just get this over with.' about them.
Spader, is definitely on screen but is absent in spirit. I can't help wondering if the film would've been any better if Spader and Reeves had switched roles.
This film may have been less dreadful if it didn't have pretension of being directed by Michael Mann. The overpowering and inappropriate music soundtrack destroys any atmosphere built and Charbanic's attempts at homage to (or just plain ripping off) Mann are amateurly executed.
Got a light, boy?By Charles Brickley from Andover, Hampshire England , 04 Jun 2007This film had an excellent cast, good pace, believable plot and a professional production team.
The CGI was a little over the top, it was mostly shot in dark spaces, but all in all a very capable project.
However we are all used to Keanu being a super star, rushing to the rescue, not a nasty little tyke who stalks women for a hobby. There was no explanation how the lad got so twisted, only why James Spader's character was such a drop out of a cop.
OK so Geekie Griffin (Reeves) liked to wind up spent FBI Agent Campbell (Spader) while the lovely Dr Polly Berman (Marisa Tomei) kept strolling into the firing line but there was no real tension between them just good pyrotechnics.
All Keneau fans will watch this out of loyalty, but he has turned in much better performances in the past.
A good film but regretfully not a GREAT film. Worth the money though!
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Dejavu?By granita (216 reviews) from Farnham , 31 Jan 2007Surely I've seen this plot a few dozen times before? Mad serial killer in a battle of wits against dedicated FBI agent? OK, so the FBI agent is James Spader and the killer is Keaneau Reeve, which has to be worth a watch, but it's otherwise a run-of-the mill story. Well directed, good action, and a nice performance from Marisa Tomei, who deserved a bigger role.
Not Half BadBy a customer from England , 16 Jan 2007I have to say I like this film. It is mindless watching and perfect for a Tuesday night! I think James Spader is excellent. Overall not half bad!!
I couldnt get into this film really..............By D.J. Vazquez from reading, uk , 02 May 2006Serial killer in not my best genre, but i watched and slightly disappointed, but the acting is great from keanu and James.