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Untraceable

A movie directed by Gregory Hoblit

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'Curiosity killed the cat' and others

  • Dec 21, 2008
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UNTRACEABLE is a thriller that takes our current obsession with the Internet and our hunger for the grisly 'eyewitness' matter found on certain blogsites to an extreme that is at times difficult to watch - but maybe a bit too close to apparent public interest to ignore. Written by Robert Fyvolent, Mark Brinker and Allison Burnett (a fine novelist whose 'Christopher: A Tale of Seduction' and 'The House Beautiful' continue to stir interest) and directed with unrelenting tension by Gregory Hoblit, the story revolves around a misguided youth, angry over the police and media handling of his father's recent suicide, who draws attention to his serial murders using internet techniques that make the viewers of his repulsive site co-conspirators in his streaming versions of these pertinent deaths.

Diane Lane steps out of her glamour roles to appear as a single mother cyber cop whose intelligence and intuition bring her as close as one can get to the resolution of a crime. She is ably supported by a the underused Billy Burke as a fellow policeman, Mary Beth Hurt as her grounded mother, Colin Hanks as her sidekick cop, and the disturbing character role performance of young Joseph Cross.

Yes, for those who are intimately associated with the intricacies of internet jargon and possibilities there are probably a number of misfires. But for the general audience this little film is well crafted, terrifying in its imaginative story, and acted by a fine ensemble cast. Worth watching if only to see how deadly serious computer 'games' can be. Grady Harp, December 08

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review by . November 29, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Diane Lane      Cons: What passes for a plot, very flat characters      The Bottom Line: Unrememberable, unremarkable.  If you're a Diane Lane film, then you won't be disappointed with her, but put this film towards the bottom of the list.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.      Serial killer flicks have become the movie equivalent of conspiracy …
review by . November 15, 2008
(to the tune of Stay With Me - Diana Ross)   Stay with me   Slay with me   Come on-line and play with me   Maybe you should rearrange your plans     I'll show you a whole new world I've found   Watching victims posed and bound   Now you can hear them screaming here   Where they can't be found     Won't you stay with me   Slay with me   Just sign on and play with me   If …
review by . May 28, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Novel in its approach, 'Untraceable' asks interesting moral questions about a plausible technological nightmare. A disgruntled man kidnaps select victims to torture and kill, adding more of a given hazard as the numbers of people log into his website. As his online broadcast is made known, FBI agents (headed by Jennifer Marsh [Diane Lane]) try to keep the situation under the radar and bloggers off the website. Savvy for obtaining a Russian domain for his website, the perpetrator renders the crew …
review by . May 21, 2008
Untraceable seems like the perfect thriller. And it deals with something that not a lot of thrillers have yet dealt with and that's the idea of cyber crimes and a very disturbing cyber-crime at that. Untraceable could have been the perfect set up for a very disturbing, gory thriller with homages to Silence of The Lambs, Saw, and other thrillers. Unfortunately where the idea was great the execution was awful. I think many mistakes were made with this dud and done differently it could have been great. …
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Grady Harp is a champion of Representational Art in the roles of curator, lecturer, panelist, writer of art essays, poetry, critical reviews of literature, art and music, and as a gallerist. He has presented … more
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Untraceable is a 2008 thriller starring Diane Lane, Joseph Cross, Billy Burke and Colin Hanks.

Diane Lane plays an FBI agent, Jennifer Marsh, who is investigating the work of a serial killer who kidnaps victims and kills them while streaming the events on his website: www.killwithme.com.  The number of people logged onto this website is directed related to how quick the victim will die.  As time goes on, Marsh also becomes a victim of this killer.

When Untraceable was open in theaters, it raked in negative reviews as many critics referred to this piece as "torture porn."


Directed by Gregory Hoblit (FRACTURE, PRIMAL FEAR), UNTRACEABLE follows F.B.I. cybercrimes specialist Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane) as she attempts to track down a serial killer who brazenly displays his murderous deeds on the Internet. Aided by fellow agent Griffin Dowd (Colin Hanks) and local detective Eric Box (Billy Burke), Marsh tenaciously hunts for the elusive criminal in rainy Pacific Northwest settings, but as she closes in on her target, he deviously finds ways to get closer to her, all the while killing his victims in increasingly faster fashion. <br> <br> Clearly referencing a number of renowned thrillers--most notably the SAW films, SEVEN, and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS--UNTRACEABLE is far from an original cinematic exercise. However, Lane's steely, smart, and beautiful heroine ably anchors the film, which also benefits from its appropriately gloomy Portland, ...
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