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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, Oregon, backdrop. As with any effective suspense movie, the thrill is in the chase, with the cold-blooded killer proving to be quite adept at...

UntraceablefusesSawwithThe Netin a perverse yet moralistic story about a psychopath who broadcasts acts of torture over the internet--all to better reveal the twisted underbelly of the American public, who hasten the victims' deaths simply by looking at the website. FBI agent Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane, her mature-sexy mojo tamped down but still simmering in the corners of her eyes and the nape of her neck) launches a cyberhunt for the killer, only to find herself and her team caught up in his murderous scheme. It's hard to make tapping on a keyboard and staring at a computer screen exciting, butUntraceabledoes its best by making Marsh and her cybercrimebusting partner (Colin Hanks,King Kong) rattle off cascades of jaunty techno-jargon and do impressive bits of long-distance surveillance. The movie aims for the audience that flocked to see Ashley Judd in thrillers likeKiss the GirlsandDouble Jeopardy, but it's hard to say if fans of Lane's romantic fare like Under the Tuscan Sun or Must Like Dogs will enjoy the queasy violence. Nonetheless, the cast--including Mary Beth Hurt (The World According to Garp) as Marsh's mother--does a solid job and the movie clips along at an aggressive pace, maintaining tension throughout. --Bret Fetzer
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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 . 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 . 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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