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Identity April 18, 2007

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

As this movie was coming to a close I was only hoping that they don’t screw up the climax which unfortunately is the bane of most so called psychological thrillers. Thankfully, Identity has a climax which doesn’t make you feel like a moron. The premise is novel and intriguing.

A psychiatrist is appealing against the death sentence granted to a hardened serial killer on grounds of insanity. As they wait for the hearing to begin the scene shifts to a motel where ten people end up together on a rainy night. All of them were initially headed their own way but a series of events plus the heavy downpour cause them to end up at that motel. Now each one of them gets bumped in a bloody manner and the killer leaves a key with a number representing a countdown of sorts. Among those ten people, there is also a convict being escorted to a prison and naturally he becomes the primary suspect….of course you know he isn’t the one unless you’re really dumb. As the casualities start increasing the primary suspects also keep changing and ultimately even casualities caused by what seemed to be an accident aren’t really so. It is at this point of time that the twist is unravelled.

If you are attentive at the very start of the movie then you’ll come pretty close to guessing it correctly. In any case, the shock value of this one is quite good. I do feel that if the narrative could have been changed a bit then it would have been much more tougher to figure out what would happen. Deepak Tijori’s bomb Khamosh was apparently a remake of this one. I haven’t seen that but I don’t think it would have been an exact remake. It’s definitely too convoluted for the regular Indian audience.

The acting is what you’d expect from a teen slasher flick. There are well known names in the cast like John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Ray Liotta, Alfred Molina and Rebecca DeMornay. James Mangold (Cop Land, Walk the Line) engages his audience very well with the events on screen and makes sure that the plot never gets confusing enough that it gets on to your nerves. Identity is one of the better psychological thrillers in recent years and this is a great watch for fans of this genre.


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