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Mr. Brooks

A movie directed by Bruce A. Evans

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Mr. Brooks - 2007

  • Oct 16, 2008
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Pros: interplay between Hurt & Costner

Cons: ...

The Bottom Line:
"To bow out at the end
With a dignity only
A murder can bring
With sweet violation
That versatile thing"
~The Copper Temple Clause

Mr. Brooks was a delightful little romp, quite bizarre, into the life of Earl Brooks. Outwardly he is a successful businessman. Portland's Man of the Year, in fact. Great business, wonderful house, beautiful wife, and a daughter in college. Everyone likes Mr. Brooks, and why not? He is easy to talk to, he is attractive, he laughs at your jokes. Hell, he's just a nice guy.

And, then ...

He has another side. That persona is known as Marshall. Marshall is definitely not a nice guy. In fact, he has a penchant for murder, in particularly quirky circumstances. Although Earl has been fighting back his Marshall urges for two years, he loses another battle and is caught on film during his latest murder by a character that goes by the name Mr. Smith.

Through it all they are being stalked by Detective Atwood. She knows someone has the information about this serial killer dubbed ‘the fingerprint killer' and she won't let up until she solves the case. She's got her own baggage; an estranged husband that wants to take her for her $60 million inheritance and an escaped killer she had convicted years before that vowed to come back and kill her.

I truly have to say that writers Raynold Gideon & Bruce Evans have given me a story I completely enjoyed. And that hasn't happened, in this genre, for a long time. Even more so, the two main characters: Earl Brooks played by Kevin Costner and Marshall played by William Hurt.

While I enjoy Costner's work, it is kind of like watching paint dry. Generally a long, boring, job that ends well. He completely stepped up in this movie and had just enough edginess to his character so that it made it fun to watch. Even more, William Hurt. I actually gave a little golf clap a couple of times, he was so bizarrely serene.

Also appearing were Dane Cook as Mr. Smith, Marg Helgenberger as Emma Brooks, and Demi Moore as Det. Tracy Atwood. I have only two things to say about Demi Moore, who has always been a favorite of mine:
1) if approached in the future, DO NOT allow them to do a full face close up, and
2) girl, cut that dang stringy hair. It doesn't make you look young, it doesn't make you look sexy. It's just greasy looking, stringy, and, hell, it makes you look old.

Mr. Brooks was directed by Bruce Evans. It carries an R rating for bloody violence, graphic sexual content, nudity, and language. It was nominated for one award.

It was a great bit of fun and I actually jumped one time. If you've seen it, you probably know when. I really liked the shadowing effect of Hurt and Costner as well as the evil interaction between them. And their laughter, I sickly joined along a couple of times. It took a couple of minutes for the whole alter ego persona thing to kick in for me and from that moment on I loved every minute they were together.


This movie is my submission to the Good Movies Write-Off 2, hosted by captaind


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review by . December 13, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Mr. Brooks has a disease: he is addicted to murder. He tries to treat himself by going to AA meetings and prayer, but eventually he will give in. His alter-ego, played quite well by William Hurt, is the side of him that he doesn't like to let out. The chemistry between his two selves works well -- and the filmmakers do a good job allowing his conversations with his other self to integrate seemlessly into the action, so that he can think out loud in the presence of others and not be heard. To others …
review by . December 30, 2007
Two hours of non-stop anxiety . . . that pretty much sums up Bruce Evan's psychological jaunt, "Mr. Brooks" starring Kevin Costner in the title role. Earl Brooks has just been named businessman of the year. The owner of a carton manufacturing firm, he lives quite the life; married to the more than attractive Marg Helgenberger with a fine Portland, Oregon home, and a cutsey-tootsey college aged daughter who wants nothing but to quit school and get down to business, following in her father's illustrious …
review by . December 16, 2007
"If I thought my reply were meant for one/ who ever could return into the world,/ This flame would stir no more; and yet, since none/--if what I hear is true--ever returned/ Alive from this abyss, then without fear/Of facing infamy, I answer you" Dante's `Inferno' Canto 27, lines 61-66    (2 1/2 *'s) Enjoying `Mr. Brooks' in many ways has to do with your take on Mr. Brooks (Kevin Costner). At first conversing with his alter ego, Marshall (William Hurt), one wonders if he has …
review by . October 25, 2007
MR. BROOKS is a surprisingly good film, one that from the response of critics and audiences at the time of the theatrical release last Spring might make the casual viewer pass by the DVD. But step into this strange world of the successful, philanthropic, loving husband and father Mr. Brooks and discover one of the more clever twists on the themes of addiction and serial killings, courtesy of a smart script by writer/director Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon.     Earl Brooks …
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Kevin Costner as a warped serial killer, a pillar of the community whose dark side is embodied by an on-screen William Hurt? You have to admit, it sounds intriguing, right?Mr. Brooksis the vehicle for this unsavory story, and it turns out to be a lot less kicky than it sounds. Mr. Brooks is a Portland, Oregon tycoon and philanthropist whose "addiction" to murder is suddenly re-surfacing--with plenty of help from his sneering alter ego, who generally sits in the back of the car, goading Mr. Brooks on. (The other characters can't see William Hurt in all this, of course.) The unbelievably convoluted plot has Mr. Brooks confronted by a blackmailer (comedian Dane Cook) who has a surprising twist on things, and trailed by a cop (Demi Moore) who comes equipped with her own set of professional and marital woes. As if that weren't enough, when Brooks's daughter (Danielle Panabaker) comes home, it becomes clear that some traits run in the family.

The scenes with Costner and Hurt are the best stuff in the film, even if director Bruce Evans can't figure out how to play fair visualizing their presence to others. But the script, which among other whoppers make Demi Moore's character a millionaire, is just too unbelievable to stomach. If William Hurt's character provided a running commentary for this movie, there wouldn't be anything left after he got through mocking it. --Robert Horton

The Cast of Mr. Brooks
Kevin Costner

William Hurt

Demi Moore

Dane Cook

Marg Helgenberger


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Director: Bruce A. Evans
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
Runtime: 120 minutes
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
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