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Creepy, tense, and enigmatic, Renny Harlin'sMindhuntersis a grisly cross between Agatha Christie's whodunit classicAnd Then There Were Noneand Jonathan Demme's horrifyingThe Silence of the Lambs. An interesting ensemble cast, including Christian Slater (Windtalkers), Jonny Lee Miller (Melinda and Melinda), L.L. Cool J (Harlin'sDeep Blue Sea), and Kathryn Morris (television'sCold Case) portray promising FBI profilers-in-training. Val Kilmer plays their ambiguous instructor putting the candidates through their paces and leaving them for a weekend on a spooky island, where those who survive a terrifying exercise--penetrating the mind of a serial killer via elaborate clues--will go to the head of the class. The rules change, however, when the students themselves turn out to be victims, bumped off one after another, the survivors half-mad with suspicion and paranoia that the murderer is one of their own. The film's concept is sound even if the execution (so to speak) gets out of hand with problems of logic. Among other things, none of these characters could possibly find time to pull off some of the psychopath's more complicated killing rituals. Quibbles aside, however,Mindhuntersis particularly watchable if one is in the mood for a movie that plays mind games.--Tom Keogh
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CastLL Cool J, Eion Bailey, Christian Slater, Val Kilmer, Clifton Collins Jr.
DirectorRenny Harlin
Genre:  Foreign, Action, Adventure
Screen WriterWayne Kramer, Kevin Brodbin
DVD Release Date:  September 20, 2005
Runtime:  106 minutes
Studio:  Dimension
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review by . January 09, 2006
This is a nice little thriller to watch wrapped up in a blanket on a cold Sunday afternoon with some good food and good company.    Honestly, I first heard about this movie a long time ago, I read about it's potential release to DVD and then I saw a trailer of it in a movie theater which only confused me more, so I am glad I finally got to see it.    The premise is about a group of eight FBI profilers who have a special assignment on an isolated island; they …
review by . November 05, 2005
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I usually don't write DVD reviews, just because movies are such a personal preference. Somebody's one star is someone else's four star, and no review will change that. Still, I just watched this movie for the first time, and I found it to be so incredibly contrived, formulaic, and overly complex that I just couldn't shake the idea that I was watching an exercise on film. The traps are so complex and delicate, that if someone sneezed at the wrong time they would fail. And yet they all work exactly …
review by . October 04, 2005
Not sure how this film did at the box office during Theatrical Release - probably well, as it delivers a lot of grisly violence, loud music, brink of death moments, and pounding suspense. Reduced to the TV screen size on DVD, MINDHUNTERS becomes a psychological thriller with a strong cast but with a screenplay/plot that in attempting to be an intellectual maze has problems with credible continuity.    The premise of the story is strong: every human wants to believe  he/she …
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