Saturday, 5 July 2008
Mr. Brooks 
Cat and mouse tales between a smart-ass cop with a traumatic personal life/past and a brilliant psychopathic serial killer have been explored innumerable times, both in great movies like Seven and Silence of the Lambs, as well as in predictable run-of-the-mill thrillers. But in an interesting reversal of most psycho movies, Mr. Brooks places us directly in the mind of the pattern killer, letting us know his moves and his inner conflicts. Kevin Costner (cast very effectively against his type) stars as the eponymous Mr. Brooks – a rich entrepreneur, a respected philanthropist, and a doting father. However there’s one catch here; he is also the brilliant, meticulous and vicious ‘Thumb-Print Killer’. William Hurt is terrific as his complex split that has compelled Brooks to be addicted to murder, while Demi Moore is a detective, in the middle of a nasty divorce, with an enviable record against serial killers. A dark, compelling and innovative thriller with smart plot twists, dense narrative, moments of calculated suspense and chills, and interesting character developments, Mr. Brooks, which is honest enough to never attempt to reach high artistic standards, will surely provide sufficient guilty pleasure to movie buffs who are ready to follow the principle which goes by the name “suspension of disbelief”.
Director: Bruce A. Evans
Genre: Thriller/Psychological Thriller/Mystery