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Suspect Zero

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Released 2004

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Director:
E. Elias Merhige
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
Suspect Zero is an American psychological thriller that probes the darkest corners of human nature. FBI Agent Thomas Mackelway (Aaron Eckhart) has just been demoted after a long suspension for egregiously violating the civil rights of a suspected serial killer. Eager to restore his reputation, he dives into his first investigation - the seemingly random killing of a traveling salesman. When two other murders occur in rapid succession, Mackelway and his partner Fran Kulok (Carrie-Ann Moss) begin to suspect that they may be on the trail of another serial killer, one who only targets his fellow serial killers. The killer, Benjamin O'Ryan (Ben Kingsley) is drawn to Mackelway and eventually contacts the disgraced FBI agent to warn him about yet another killer on the loose. The new killer, who O'Ryan calls Suspect Zero, targets only children and leaves his crime scenes uncannily free of evidence. Mackelway must work with O'Ryan to have any chance at catching Suspect Zero, but is cooperating with one killer to catch another a choice that he can live with?moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Merhige understands how exciting going to the edge of credibility can be without falling off, and he has the bravura talent and imagination needed to pull off the sheer, hurtling a...

  • 40

    Variety

    A plodding and familiar "cop sees what the killer sees" riff that plays like a poorly inflated "The X-Files" episode.

  • 20

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Finally, a serial-killer movie so preposterous, so garnished with accidental laugh lines and absent essential narrative logic it may actually put a permanent kibosh on this tedious...

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