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Identity

By | 2018-03-21T18:32:00+01:00 September 6th, 2004|Reviews|

3.5

Date: 2003

Director: James Mangold

Starring: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina

A tricky and top notch post-Hitchcock thriller that befriends claustrophobia and won’t quit. Ten strangers are trapped in a Nevada desert motel during a rain storm. One by one, they’re killed off. Sounds like a horror cliché, which in part it is, except that director James Mangold has tricks up his sleeve — and they’re very, very good. It’s an old conceit — who’s the real bad guy? — but the writing is tight and lean. Just enough is left unsaid. John Cusack and Ray Liotta are naturals for this kind of “stares matter” yin-yang movie. Only veteran plot-busters will pick up early on the kicker, which comes as welcome jolt. No throw-away sentimentality here.

About the Author:

Marcia Yarrow
A military brat, Marcia Yarrow was born in Hamburg, Germany but grew up in Germany, Spain, and Provo, Utah. She's been writing for the magazine since its creation in 2004.

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