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Stay with me, slay with me

  • Nov 15, 2008
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(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 you're here you'll see them die today

If you could spend your day with me
Watch my website, `cos it's free
And of all the nights you've surfed gross stuff
Tonight's the night you'll see some snuff

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Big Brother is monitoring your website
2. There are millions of sickos in cyberspace
3. The Feds make a good audience
4. Internet surfing can be dangerous to other people's health


If you can avoid the obvious plot holes and devices, and aren't too concerned about accuracy or the over-dramatization of the evil that lurks in the hearts of internet users, you'll find this an engrossing (albeit disturbing) movie. Diane Lane is too good an actress for this movie, so of course she carries the bulk of it on her shoulders, but Joseph Cross (Running With Scissors) also holds his own. Colin (son of Tom) Hanks and Mary Beth Hurt also lend strong support.

Not much profanity, and there are "blink-and-it's-gone" suggestions of adult content, but the depictions of extreme cruelty to feline and human victims may upset some viewers, even though it's not gory. Horror fans won't be impressed, but there's more than enough to make your skin crawl.

Amanda Richards

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review by . November 29, 2009
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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 . December 21, 2008
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, …
review by . May 28, 2008
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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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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:  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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