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Director(s): James Mangold
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Strangers from all different walks of life a limo driver escorting a movie star, parents with a young son, a cop transporting a convict, a prostitute, a young couple, and a motel manager are caught up in a nasty rainstorm, stuck at a motel in desolate Nevada. Soon they realize they may be at the motel for another reason when one by one, people start getting killed off. As tensions flare and fingers are pointed, they have to get to the bottom of why theyre there. Meanwhile in an undisclosed location, a psychiatrist is trying to prove the innocence of a man accused of murder in an eleventh hour trial. How these two through-lines are related can only be found in Identity.DVD Quality PC, Mac, PS3 and XBOX 360 COMPATIBLE
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Kosinus (21 May 2013)
I saw "Identity" yesterday as the opening movie of a festival. Perhaps thesituation raised my expectations...For almost the whole movie the audience gets misleaded! It would have beennice to see any explanation or even motivation for what happened: butthereis none!A good cast and crew got wasted in a miserable script!(Spoiler included)If you set up a story in an insane mind which is even insane enough todenyany motivation you can do anything without the need to explain! I wonderwhypeople didn't even fly in that movie??? Couldn't have been more illogicalorimplausible... No explanation for the numbered keys, no explanation forthedisappearance of the dead bodies...Well... I accept the lack of explanation, unless there is still some kindofmotivation....At least it would have been nice if the motivation would have been toescapethe death sentence... well... not even that...
runighthawk22 (21 May 2013)
This movie hits you hard and quick and you never know what's coming. Itleaves you spinning till the end. You must pay attention closely...but aVERY WELL made movie. John Cusack in yet another good role. Greatdetailis taken into the makings of the film down to the times on the clocks inthemovie. They all seem to keep a pretty constant time.
(06 May 2013)
This review is from: Identity (DVD) One of the best psychological thrillers made since Jacob's Ladder. This ensemble cast is perfectly blended to offer the right mix of fresh talent (Amanda Peet and Jake Busey) and seasoned veterans (Ray Liota, Alfred Molina and John Cusak) along with Rebecca DeMornay. You will be drawn in with the rhythmic poetry recited in the opening scenes and once the story begins at the desert Motel, you are absolutely riveted. There are key clues throughout to sort of clue you in to the shock at the end, but don't ruin it by talking to others about it! Watching the director's commentary is helpful on the DVD, explaining odd scenes and intricate story lines to the viewer. This movie is one you will want to watch more than once or twice. You get most of the plot only superficially the first time watching, and only on the the second and third go around will you say, "AH HA! Now this makes sense!" IDENTITY is also John Cusak's tour de force, a superb job here in a performance you will not soon forget. Top notch entertainment.
Jargy1 (06 May 2013)
I went into this movie with pure excitement. A movie, dark and sinister inlook, with an all-star NON-teen cast. How could it go wrong? Fortunatelythat question was answered with a yell of "It can't!"Usually I leave a thriller/slasher flick with a feeling of distaste. Itfeels too cheap, too ripped off. But the big twist that everyone seems tobetalking about...well to be honest it pays off in a huge way. What seems tobe more and more goofy as the film goes on, and let me say goofy in thissense isn't unbelievable, just far too coincidental, it all comes acrossperfectly with the "twist". Unpredictable? Maybe. If you aren't payingcloseattention to the film. About halfway I turned to a friend of mine andguessed what the twist was, and he and I chuckled. It was that far offwhatis expected. I was right, and it still didn't disappoint me.I hate spoilers so I'll avoid them. Trust me folks, this is a movie youwillwant to see. Read my other reviews if you like, they give a basis for thetype of movie I enjoy. If you liked Fight Club, American Psycho, DonnieDarko, or Memento because of a fresh take on an old idea...run to thetheater now and see this movie. The acting is a 10 out of 10, thescriptingis done well enough to know the characters without revealing so muchyou'rebogged down, the action lets up only at the times that you'll be jumpingorbiting your nails. Fight Club and Identity are the only 2 movies I've everseen that deserve an absolute perfect 10. Do not miss thisfilm.
guamfab (05 May 2013)
It has been repeatedly said that there is a twist here at hand and indeedthat isthe most questionable aspect of the film. That should be left for you tojudge.However what is redeemable about the film besides the cast and its notableperformances is the innovative and coherent plot. There were no loop holestoleave you with...just originality and some thrilling experiences that wereconvincing enough to make this film worth seeing. The film makers did afinejob in setting the mood for the viewer. Put up against the recentthrillersthathave tried to be ambitious, IDENTITY actually pulls it off enough.
(04 May 2013)
this movie kept me on the edge of my seat.......it was very scary!!!!
carmona-ac (02 May 2013)
This film, although at times predictable, followed a very uniquestyle.Considering this film was written by the same writer of Jack Frost, itwasvery well done and very well executed on the Big Screen!The plot and storyline were very interesting and very exciting tofollow,I was impressed at the twists and turns taken by the script. There werenospectacular Oscar performances by the actors, but hey, what does theAcademyknow right?I was impressed with the acting of all characters and each one addedtothe ever growing character of Larry! They all did a recognizablejob!Surprisingly enough, Rebecca DeMornay though not immediatelyrecognized,did well in her short lived role.I give this film five Texas sized stars out of 6. It is definitelyworthseeing and contemplating!
plumberguy66 (01 May 2013)
This movie left me feeling kind of empty in the end. It had me hooked fromthe get go. The story was compelling, the acting was good, the mood and tonewere fineÂ then I figured out what was going on and got all goosebumpy withanticipation and then they let you in on the joke and it wasn't as funny asyou thought it would be. Is it because we are getting desensitized to the`surprise ending' thing. Or could it be that this one just wasn't handledwith as much style as some others. I don't know and don't careÂ that's thesum of my feelings about this movie. I was disappointed at one time.. nowI've just moved on and forgotten the whole thing.. it wasn't hard.
(29 April 2013)
My son brought this film home from the local rental place and, though having never heard of it, I decided to watch it on the strength of the cast, which is stellar. I must say that it is a highly entertaining, atmospheric, and intriguing thriller that focuses on ten people, ostensible strangers to each other, who, through a seeming twist of fate, meet one dark and stormy night at a seedy motel in the middle of nowhere. There, a strange fate begins to over take them, as one by one they meet up with a mysterious killer. No one knows who amongst them is the killer. No one knows who is next. Yet, there is apparently a link that binds them all. There is also a parallel story involving a convicted killer that opens the film and continues to be interjected at odd moments throughout the film. It is a story that is also interesting and becomes more so as the film continues. There are subtle clues along the way that point the viewer in the right direction, in terms of what is really going on. The viewer, however, will generally realize this in hindsight, which is, of course, always twenty/twenty. The pace of the film is relentless. The tension is palpable. The acting is top notch. The direction is first rate, and the ending screams out, "Gotcha!".This is a surprisingly effective psychological thriller that all those who love films of this genre should enjoy. There are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep even the most jaded viewers on their toes. While the performances of the entire cast are uniformly excellent, special kudos go to John Cusack for a truly powerful, memorable performance. Bravo!
(28 April 2013)
Man, this movie sucked...It is only good if you stop the movie after the part where they think it is some ghost from the Indian barial ground that is killing them off one by one.If you watch any of the movie after that point (which is a about an hour into the movie) you will be very disappointed, IT JUST GETS STUPID.Please take my advice, I scratched the last 45 minutes of the movie off my DVD, I suggest you do the same.
(27 April 2013)
The best part about "Identity" is that it didn't drag on for long amounts of time, and it felt like it started right away. It stars John Cusack from "Serendipity" and this is a totally different kind of movie. "Serendipity" being a sweet, romantic comedy, while "Identity" is a dark and disturbing thriller. It is loosely based on the mystery story "And Then There Was One" written by crime writer Agatha Cristie. I never read the story, so I can't say how similar the two are, but I know the basic ideas, and both of the stories are pretty much the same, plot wise. An istant problem with "Identity" is Ray Liotta who is a terrible actor. He is similar to Dennis Quiad, who is worse. Dennis Quaid seems to overact in every movie that I see him in, including "The Alamo" and "Far From Heaven." Liotta also overacts, only he does it worse. He never seems to be able to grab his character and steer him in the right direction. It always feels like he is reading his lines on a cue card taped on a wall. Amanda Peet was in the movie. She is a cute little actress, who is good in "Something's Gotta Give" and "The Whole Ten Yards," but this is another actress who is in a totally different role based on her past movies. The rest of the cast seems to be filled with unknowns except for Prutt Taylor Vince who is thought was good in "Simone" as well as Alfred Molina, who having no clue who he was when I saw this in the theatre, but recently saw him in the comic gem "Coffee and Cigarettes." "Identity" starts off with the audience being introduced to Malcolm Rivers. He is charged with such a heavy crime, that he is about to be executed the next day. His psychiatrist wants to prove that Rivers is not mentally able to be the person to commit the crimes, and he convinced a judge to stand before Rivers and check again to make sure he didn't really commit his crimes. Miles away in a small hotel, a flash flood has brought many strangers together. George, his wife Alice, and his stepson Timmy have pulled into a hotel after an accident injured Alice. The accident had Alice getting hit by limo driver Ed, who hit her while they were changing a tire. Ed is bringing the former famous actress Caroline to wherever she needs to be. They go to the hotel after learning that the roads are flooded, and it turns out that the phones at the hotel do not work because of an accident involving a women named Paris hitting the telephone polls. Two more clusters of people come to the hotel. One is a cop named Rhodes who is bringing a murderer to someplace, and a newlywed couple. All of these people rent rooms in the hotel from Larry, and everything is alright. They agreed to wait until the storm lets up to get help. Everything is going fine until one of the guests die in a brutal way. Everyone is shocked and one by one the guests begin to die, as the remaining people try to figure out who is doing the killing, and who is going to be killed next, while also trying not to be killed, all leading up to a surprising and shocking conclusion."Identity" is a great thriller, and it is short enough to never be distracted by it. It seemed like it went very fast, and it only clocked in at around 95 minutes. I was really impressed by the ending, and it's one of those movies where you can't have anybody tell you what happens. It would only ruin the experience for you. Even though some movies with a surprise twist are easy to watch again, like "Matchstick Men" and "Godsend" this is not one of them. This is one of those movies where the twist affects the entire movie. In order not to ruin the movie, watch "Identity" and watch "Matchstick Men" back to back. The entire movie of "Identity" is based on the twist, and without it, it would be a totally different movie. The twist makes the movie better than it really is, even though this is a good movie. It is very entertaining, fun, and it has it share of good acting. Watch it once without anybody interrupting or ruining it for you, and then remember it, because it'll be better if you don't see it again. Leave a fresh image of this movie in your mind.ENJOY!Rated R for Strong Violence and Language.
komedydude85 (26 April 2013)
You know, it really gets to me that this movie could have done better.Sure, the whole thing with all the people being personalities in hishead was good and all, but what was the point of killing them all offjust so he wouldn't kill again? The guy was already tied up and allthat, there was no way he was going to kill again. So I wonder what thehell the point of this whole movie was, except to put some crazy plottwist in it. It seems like the only reason they made this movie was totry and surprise us. The movie, after the plot twist was found out, hadno real meaning. Everything that had happened before wasn't real and itjust disappointed me somewhat. However, the concept was good, but theycould have done it much better. I'm not saying I could have donebetter, but it definitely left me feeling down rather than up. I didlike the ending though. Not to spoil it, but it's pretty good. But theending can't be the whole movie. It has to have substance throughout,like the Usual Suspects.
Special-K88 (23 April 2013)
Gripping and cleverly unconventional horror-thriller takes a familiarpremise but puts a unique spin on it. It's about ten strangers who getstranded at a dilapidated, middle of nowhere motel one dark and stormynight. Their chance encounter soon turns into a desperate fight forsurvival as they soon begin to die mysteriously, one by one, graduallyleading them to suspect each other. Smart, well-conceived thriller withplenty of twists and surprises. A step up above the norm for this genreas it is intricate, eerie, and very suspenseful. Well-performed by aunique and talented ensemble of actors, each bringing their own littleniche to the film. ***
Dennis Littrell (23 April 2013)
This is really a mess. One wonders how such movies get made. JamesMangold, who was off to such fine start in his directorial career withthe critically acclaimed Heavy (1995) and the superior psychodramaGirl, Interrupted (1999), and even the slightly offbeat but intriguingCop Land (1997), really loses it here with this bizarro attempt atsomething like Psycho and David and Lisa meet Agatha Christie's "TenLittle Indians."The premise is ridiculous and the resolution just plain silly. Withoutrevealing anything (the denouement of the obtuse plot being perhaps theonly thing that might keep the thumb of most intelligent viewers overthe age of, say, fourteen, off the stop button) let me say that whenit's over you just might feel cheated. John Cusack stars as an ex-cop, now a chauffeur, who can suture wounds.The scene is the Nevada/California desert during a savage downpour thattraps ten (+1) people at an isolated motel where bloody mayhem of themost inexplicable sort ensues as one by one the guests turn up dead.The action consists of wet people screaming and staring with horror atsuch sights as a dead man with a baseball bat shoved three-quarters ofthe way down his throat, etc. They insult each other a lot. Prostitutesdon't like cops; little guys who never got any, hate prostitutes, andthe little boy doesn't really love his mommy, etc. As the coincidencespile up (as the motel proprietor remarked, with the odds against being"trillions to one") we begin to realize that either somethingsupernatural is going on or... You guessed it. It's all a....But I can't say. We do get a hint of how everything will turn out whenMangold flash-forwards to a group of shrinks and other interestedparties who are holding a kind of seance around what seems to be JohnCusack's character.Anyway, even the acting is not that good with the usually very fineCusack seemingly infected by the deficiencies of the other players, orthe stupidities of the script, or the impatient-to-get-it-over-withdirection by Mangold. (I don't think the actors wanted too many takesin all that water, and it shows.) At any rate if you want to see alittle kid and some mediocre actors overact or a lot of people deadpanthe horror their eyes spy while barking at each other or you just likeseeing Hollywood players have to make a living while wet, go for it.Otherwise, hit the off button and watch reruns of "That 70's Show."(Note: Over 500 of my movie reviews are now available in my book "Cutto the Chaise Lounge or I Can't Believe I Swallowed the Remote!" Get itat Amazon!)
WilliamCutting (23 April 2013)
Spoilers inside:I decided to comment on this because I disagreed with a lot of whatwasbeing said about this film. It is somewhat of a slasher movie although noteven close to a Friday the 13th installment. My main problem with themovieis that at the end it fell into formula and cliche which may very wellhavebeen the studio and/or test audiences. The problem with it being a slashermovie is that as far as slasher movies today go this would be very tame.There is a disembodied head found but that's about the most gruesome itgets. I put the spoiler warning at the front of this b/c if you're goingtotalk about MPD (multiple personality disorder) and this movie a spoilerwarning should be there. Many complain all over the place about how clicheMPD is as a plot device in these kinds of movies. Yeah, it is, and I agreethat it's also overused but this movie does do something different with itand I will explain. This guy doesn't just have MPD and then thatsupposedlymakes the movie cool because we see all of his personalities slowly butsurely emerge. We meet his personalities first, as if they are actualpeople, and then we see him. Later, the two are associated together.What'sinteresting about this movie is that it takes you inside the mind of aperson with MPD. How accurate it is I'm really not sure, what I do knowabout MPD leads me to believe that for someone not knowing they have thedisorder, this would be very close. In this case MPD wasn't used as acop-out like it normally is, the disorder is the movie.In my opinion the best actors survive the longest at the hotel but Iwon't give away who they are. There was a cop-out in the movie but itwasn'tthe MPD it was the ending revelation of the killer which was cliche andstupid. On the whole, however I really enjoyed the movie and think it isgetting a somewhat bad wrap on the whole. I think it's worth seeing.7/10
(22 April 2013)
This film had a lot of hype going for it. So when I actually saw the film I was very dissapointed. Now it'snot as bad as all that, but it's just another hollwood piece of tripe, thrown together very quickly in order to make an extra buck.John Cusack is excellent in it, which is very surprising since he had to get his tongue twisted around an awful script.Never the less, I did enjoy it for a while, but the end was simply crap. It was one of those annoying endings that could be the ending to any film ever made. Which is very annoying because it just felt like whoever wrote couldn't think of an ending so he just pulled this one out.Rubbish ending. Not particurlarly engaging. If you want to see a really good film, that's set in a motel on the road, then just watch Psycho.Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho that is, not that crap re-make.
MAUREEN (19 April 2013)
This would be a good movie to watch on Halloween night. The dialog wasn'tgreat, but the quality actors overcome that weakness. One criticism is thatAmanda Peet's character did not look trashy enough for her role as a hooker. I see many girls today dress trashier than Amanda's character and they'renot hookers! John Cusack did an okay job acting, but it was not one of hisbetter parts. My biggest criticism is the ending flashback of the killercommiting various murders -- I found it had a certain silliness which wascertainly not the intended effect. The film has a certain low budget feel,but it's not a terrible thing. However, despite some flaws, I stillrecommend this film for its originality, suspense and clever plottwists.
dougpickering5 (19 April 2013)
Cusack is a standout in this extremely well crafted thriller. His solidperformance anchors a film that throws the viewer one curveball afteranother. The final 5 seconds may be a bit silly but everything else hereisgood. An enjoyably unsettling horror/suspense film.
The_Amazing_Spy_Rises (18 April 2013)
Identity was one of the first movies I saw that affected mepsychologically. By the time it was done, it had taxed my brain andleft me feeling very scared. The film is well directed, very wellwritten, and well acted.It's a cold, dark, and rainy night. 10 strangers, including a cautiousstepfather (John McGinley), an FBI agent (Ray Liotta), a convictedkiller (Jake Busey), a prostitute (Amanda Peet), a hotel manager (JohnHawkes), and a former cop turned limo driver (John Cusack), will havetheir lives dangerously intertwine at a rundown motel and be horrifiedas they are 'eliminated' one by one, with no clue who the killer couldbe. What ensues is a dangerously good episode of psychological horror.The music is very good, but it felt like there were those moments wherethey used it to foreshadow a scary bit. The cinematography is alsotop-notch, setting a brilliantly dark mood that really helps the horroraspects of the film. The cast works well as an ensemble, each playingtheir parts well. McGinley definitely drops his extremely funnyreputation to play George York in a great way. A nice change for him.Ray Liotta is in top form as the mysterious FBI agent Rhodes. He andCusack steal the show. Cusack's character is a great examination of howlayered one man can be. We're never clear of what his character'smotives are, but we are sure of one thing. He's the good guy. Theperformance of Amanda Peet was nice, but got a tad annoying as themovie dragged on. John Hawkes played a good part, while Jake Busey wasextremely scary and creepy as a serial killer. Alfred Molina and PruittTaylor Vince appear in smaller roles. Molina is very convincing as apsychologist, and Vince is simply spectacular as the character MalcolmRivers, a character who is so layered, deep, and central, that if Iwere to add more about him, it would spoil the movie. Identity is aclassic psychological horror film that I always enjoy watching. Theending is very good, and will make you gasp. Definitely one of thebiggest twists in a long time. I highly recommend 'Identity'.9/10 --spy
sirbriang2 (18 April 2013)
NOTE: the spoiler comes toward the bottom and is clearly noted. Feelfree to read the rest of this.IDENTITY is one of those movies that just misses being great. However,just because this movie aims for the heavens doesn't mean that itsgraceless fall back to earth can be ignored.On paper, this movie seems like a sure thing. John Cusak restrains histypical ranting character and does a good job as a penitent man. JohnC. McGinley (who is my favorite actor to see die in movies because Ihate him so much) does a good job as a wussy husband/step-father.Rebecca DeMornay is good as a washed up actress (two words: typecasting). Ray Liotta is pretty good, too, and even Jake Busey does apretty good job, which is shocking. His death is pretty cool, too, butwas unfortunately performed on a dummy.Good actors need a good script, though. The material is good. Thismovie is based on the plot of Agatha Christie's TEN LITTLE INDIANS (ANDTHEN THERE WERE NONE), which is a good book and has been made into agood movie. However, someone decided to try a different angle forIDENTITY. Instead of using good source material and hiring and goodscreenwriter, they hired Michael Cooney. I'm sure you remember himbetter as the writer/director of JACK FROST and JACK FROST 2: REVENGEOF THE MUTANT KILLER SNOWMAN. No? Well, you're missing out on ahomicidal snowman killing Shannon Elizabeth in her film debut. With acarrot. In her special place. Doesn't that sound like the right personto write a murder mystery with talented actors?Obviously, it was. The writer clearly thought that adding not one buttwo plot twists that make the viewer not care about the characters orthe linear plot was a good idea. After the plot twist, I felt asconnected to these characters as I do to the bad guys in RAMBO III.This should have been a three or four star movie. The plot twistsubtracts two stars automatically. Watch this movie if you want to bedisappointed. Then watch CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD because you clearly wantto punish yourself.SPOILER COMING UP! BEWARE! The movie is pretty good in the first half. There is a puzzlingperipheral plot line about an insane convict having his sanity tested,but the rest of the movie is fine. Then the plot twist happens. All thecharacters in the murder mystery are symptoms of the convict'sdisassociative identity disorder (AKA multiple personalities)! What agreat, edgy idea! Why should we care what happens to figments ofsomeone's imagination? We shouldn't!Whoa, the little kid is the killer? That's intense! No, it's not. It isstupid. It does not even take advantage of the whole unreality of themind-scape. Instead, the kid turns out to be the mystery killer and weare led to believe that, somehow, he orchestrated all of the othermurders, which is not possible. Had they played up the idea thatanything can happen, then it might not have been so bad. But theyplayed it straight. Had the kid been the killer in a movie where thecharacters were not imaginary, then it might have been cool. Puzzlingand motiveless? Yes. Awful pot twist? Not necessarily. This scriptcommits a sin of screen writing. It tries to outsmart the audience byintroducing a "guess the killer" plot and then makes it absolutelyimpossible for the audience to fulfill their expectations. Wrapping itup in psychologist mumbo-jumbo doesn't excuse this, it just insults theaudience's intelligence; we know when we are being messed with. Screwyou, Michael Cooney. The cast and director are all pretty good; theyshould have known better than to be involved with this script.
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