Retro Review: The Bone Collector

A gruesome thriller compared to movie heavyweights like “Seven” and “Silence of the Lambs”. How does it stack up?

Well first here’s the premise. Paraplegic Forensics Officer Lincoln “Link” Rhyme (Denzel Washington) is asked to help in solving a series of gruesome cases.

Where something is always surgically removed and linked back to the turn of the century.

Rhyme obviously can’t enter the crime scenes and uncover the clues so he enlists in rookie detective Amelia Donaghy (Angelie Jolie) to examine the evidence and bring it back him.

The Bone Collector is directed by Phillip Noyce who directed other Hollywood ventures like “The Saint”, “Patriot Games”, “Sliver”.

The story on paper sounds like “Rear Window” meets “Silence of the Lambs” but what we get isn’t a moody noir film laced with grueling shocks but a very textbook thriller with mildly grueling overtones. What made “Seven” and Silence of the Lambs” so amazing and shocking was their endings and their look.

The Bone Collector has no moody look except for a couple strenuous scenes which I credit to relative new comer Jolie. Its in her performance that I believed we had a movie. She is going to be a draw sooner than Hollywood thinks. Because Hollywood didn’t want her in this picture saying she wasn’t attractive enough.

Do all actresses have to be beautiful to be shocked by gruesome bodies? The films title flaw has to be the director who doesn’t really deliver us into the mind of the madman but except focuses on the strains of a paraplegic policeman.

Aren’t these kinds of thrillers supposed to see into the villain’s mind? Coupled with this failure is a non-shock ending which is so cliched it made me shake my head and yearn to see “Seven” again. If you are looking to jump and cringe some then see the “Bone Collector” but be sure to watch “Seven” afterwards to get the full effect.

(3 out of 5)

So Says the Soothsayer.

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