Mr. Brooks

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MGM Released 2007

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Director:
Bruce A. Evans
Released:
2007
Rating:
R

Mr. Brooks is the suspenseful 2007 crime thriller brought to the screen by celebrated screenwriter-producers Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon (Starman, Stand By Me, Kuffs, Cutthroat Island). Earl Brooks (Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves) is a respected community leader, businessman, father, husband, and also the notorious Thumbprint Killer, so called because of his penchant for making his victims leave a thumbprint posthumously. He commits these heinous acts because he's addicted to killing. Brooks is wrestling to not kill people any more, but his alter ego Marshall (William Hurt, Broadcast News, Children of a Lesser God) knows otherwise. A few things complicate Brooks' addiction. His last killing was witnessed and photographed by a man (Dane Cook, Waiting) who wants to tag along for the next slaying. Plus, Brooks' daughter is dropping out of college and an intrepid detective (Demi Moore, Ghost) is hot on his trail. And all the while, he has Marshall in his ear, egging him on, acting as some kind of diabolical Jiminy Cricket.

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  • 60

    Variety

    Mr. Brooks is most effective when it's dealing with Earl and his conscience. Hurt and Costner are terrific together as two sides of the same personality and, again, the casting is ...

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A werewolf movie masquerading as a thriller, it looks like a canny attempt by Bruce A. Evans, its director and screenwriter (with Raynold Gideon), to establish a "Saw"-like franchi...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Evans and Gideon never really succeed in selling the idea that serial killing is a disease -- which would require a degree of realism that the slick, over-plotted Mr. Brooks doesn'...

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