Saturday, June 30, 2007

Mr. Brooks (**)

This is a weird little movie, featuring an interesting and charismatic lead performance from Kevin Costner and a funny supporting turn fromWilliam Hurt. Those two are reason enough to see the film, which is sort of a serial killer Jekyll and Hyde, sometimes played for comedy and sometimes not, but it's usually pretty funny anyway. Demi Moore gives a misguided performance as a billionaire cop, and Dane Cook acquits himself just fine, if not a little annyong still, as a peeping tom who's looking to get into the killing game himself. There are a ton of subplots that are dropped or just poorly addressed throughout. I read somewhere that Costner was hoping to make a series of films based on Mr. Brooks. Though I don't regret sitting through this one, I can assure you: Mr. Brooks is no Hannibal Lector.


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