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  • Unfortunately for them, the homicide detective assigned to the case is a bit smarter than they thought
  • Things do not go exactly as planned, of course, and the biggest problem the killers could not have foreseen is Cassie Mayweather (Sandra Bullock), the investigator

    • by Frederick
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      A high school stud and a high school nerd form an unlikely partnership to plan and carry out a perfect murder. Unfortunately for them, the homicide detective assigned to the case is a bit smarter than they thought. For Richard, the stud (Ryan Gosling), boredom appears to be the major motive.

      He is handsome, popular, rich. He has no problems and no responsibilities; he has tried it all and gotten tired of it all.

      How about killing someone, for a change? Provided, of course, that he can


      get away with it. For Justin, the nerd (Michael Pitt), the motive runs a little deeper.

      He has this “freedom” theory which he probably thinks he has invented - inner freedom that is above human regulations (obviously, despite his proclaimed brilliance and knowledge, he never got to read “Crime and Punishment” by Dostoyevsky). So murder, to him, is proving his “freedom.

      ” The two prepare well, reading extensively about criminology and forensics. Justin is the mastermind.

      He makes the murder fall into a certain psychological profile, knowing that ...


      • the police will be trying to build such a profile for the killer. When preparation is over, Richard and Justin randomly choose a victim - a young woman - and kill her in cold blood.

        As they dump the body next to a creek, they plant some evidence, carefully framing the school’s drug-selling janitor. Things do not go exactly as planned, of course, and the biggest problem the killers could not have foreseen is Cassie Mayweather (Sandra Bullock), the investigator.

        She thinks beyond “profiles,” and, having been

        nearly killed and dumped in the woods herself in the past, she takes this murder personally. The movie is rather average, but still gripping, of the kind that you want to watch to the end.

        Sandra Bullock, as usual, does a good job with her character, tough and not very likeable even though the viewer is on her side. Justin\’s similarity to Raskolnikov, the main character from “Crime and Punishment,” is only fleeting; his fear of being caught never really develops into remorse.

        The movie is rater R for violence, language, and a sex scene.




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