FBI trainees in the criminal profiling division get stuck on an island with a sadistic serial killer while going through a simulation organized by their eccentric teacher Val Kilmer . The serial killer kills victims by using booby traps.The movie reminded me of a cross between SAW and FINAL DESTINATION, with a 21st century twist on Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians". This combination of movies and books made this movie a lot of fun. Other contributing factors included the performances especially by Kathryn Morris as a vulnerable trainee , a fast pace, imaginative directing <more>
by Renny Harlin CLIFFHANGER, THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT , and terrific writing.Suppose to take place on an island off the coast of North Carolina, but was actually filmed in the Netherlands.
Sometimes, I wonder why such awesome films as Mindhunters was bashed by film critics and was a flop in theaters. Released in 2004, it has stood the test of time well and is viewed very fresh and well now. The reason - shorter time, excellent cast, with Jonny Lee Miller, Kathryn Morris and LL Cool J among the best, excellent pacing and very good camera work. I do recommend this FBI mouse-cat-whodunnit-drama as it offers many thrills and holds you at the edge of your seat. Excellent nail-biting thriller where you never guess who the main culprit is till the very end. It is also fine for its <more>
correct dark navy color scheme and very menacing cold atmosphere of fear and suspicion. My rate is 10
good actors "cook" an excellent thriller (by laurica30)
This movie is an example of a good thriller recipe. It has a graduate suspense, you never know how things will evolve and if you think you do, you are wrong. It combines psychological hints with rising terror and the result is breathtaking. Most of the actors are well known and this story could happen in real life too, producers didn't exaggerate the elements much out of the ordinary. The location of the action, a deserted island, is great for the plot, as it provides several different sceneries giving diversity to the action. The characters are well outlined, each has his/her <more>
personality, habits or weakness that define them. The actors also spice up the characters and have been well chosen for this movie. The tension increases and it never stops,not even at the end, you keep watching out for traps until the final minute. So I recommend you see it and I am sure even the most critical ones of you will at least enjoy it!
it was quite a good thriller. Not sure why it's been held off for so long, I don't believe the "re-filming" comments. I mean, I have a good quality copy of it, and I don't think they would have put that out unless it was finished, would they? Anyway, I highly recommend it. It's scary enuff to shock you in a few spots, thrilling enough to get you thinking about who is killing who, and with enough "Stars" in it to keep you watching. Go see it.. .if it is ever released!!
Unexpected (by Rae_Artemis)
I like this movie, I am very jaded when it comes to movies but with this one I was unsure of who was the bad guy and who was going to die. And when they did die I was shocked by the way they died and the order! It was brilliant! The fact of the matter is while it is a action movie it is also a drama. A thriller. A mystery. And a touch gory! As a movie fan who always tries to figure out the murderer and the when and where and how of for a kill list I was impressed by it. I was a little disappointed with Todd Smith but he did rather well. I like the director's take on the story and the <more>
director of photography is my hero. Some of the exposition the actors had to give felt a little long but over all a good movie.
Mindhunters is a great film. It incorporates the elements that make a good thriller. It is both suspenseful and fast paced. The acting is not the best but not the worst either. The action is relentless and the special effects are pretty good. But to me the best thing about this film other than the story is how deep we delve into the characters minds, and get to know their weaknesses and strengths. It's very psychological and it makes you think. Many times during the movie, I tried to recall things that happened earlier, like hints that the director was giving us throughout the movie, of <more>
who's the killer. Overall this film is worth watching. Two Thumbs up for Mindhunters and highly recommended.
It has it flaws but it's better than a lot of other stuff out there (by martine-12)
I've read comments pointing out that this movie has ripped a lot of ideas from other movies and that there are situations that are so over the top that they get silly.To that I say; Sure, why not? It's still entertaining.I agree that they could have used the cast differently and that some of the plot points are quite unbelievable but on the whole it doesn't distract from the tension and the setting of the movie.The profilers sometimes act pretty stupid and out of character but the actors do a very decent job portraying them and Renny Harlin has actually done a really good job with <more>
the directing.If you want a horror/thriller/action flick where you keep guessing pretty much to the end and don't mind recognizing bits and pieces from other movies then this is for you. Well worth a watch no pun intended .
I found Mindhunters to be a thoroughly entertaining movie that did have some good surprises and moments. The story is as original as it could be, although, one can argue that the whole group in isolation getting picked off one by one thing has been done before. I will not give away too much of the movie so that you can be surprised at the twists that it offers, except I must make one comment. Why on earth do they let LL Cool J have some of the most ridiculously stupid one liners. I mean, if he wants to be bought as a believable actor, he needs to put an end to this madness. I am sure you will <more>
know what I am talking about when you see the movie.Anyway, I give it 8 out of 10 and a definite check it out if you enjoy thrillers... especially ones with gruesome killers.
A very insightful film--even better from an intellectual viewpoint (by goodmanhunting2003)
The lady doth protest too much...I personally thought this was a good film, with a lot of interesting sub-texts. No film is perfect, so I was hardly expecting it to be a "Usual Suspects" calibre-film, or "American Beauty" to name but two of my favourite all-time ones , but it was excellent for giving food for thought.The idea about people exposing their weaknesses and their strengths and how that can be used against them was scary. I took one cue from this movie--and that was, perhaps naively, it's not always too good to show too much of what type of person you are. <more>
Not that there are serial killers lurking round every corner, but I think the film is a metaphor for how our weaknesses, strengths, and whatnot of our characters can make or mar us. Clichéd perhaps, but a useful reminder not to reveal yourself too much as there are dark and dangerous minds out there.What I disliked, though, was some of the dialogue being too predictable--serial killers are supposed to have been bed-wetters; thankfully, there was none of that in there, but the reference to parents gave the game away.On a positive note, I liked LL Cool J's acting. I though it was solid and robust. He delivered his lines with tremendous ease, and made his "gate-crashing" very well-intervened.To add to the above, I think there's an existential element about this yarn that I don't have sufficient knowledge to elaborate on---but I would recommend for those that disliked the film for the story-line, try watching it again, paying close attention to how the killer was able to kill everyone off. Note the ideas about "misdirection" and people's habits...and it can potentially send a shiver down the spine at worst, and at best, give fantastic food for thought for next time when you're at a party with people you don't know, how you don't tell them "I don't go anywhere without my gun":- I give it an 8/10