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Untraceable

A movie directed by Gregory Hoblit

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Nightmare Low on Extrapolation and Tension

  • 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 unable to pinpoint much less stop the website until they can locate him at his hideout. Sometimes a grizly update of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum," the film is often reminiscent of 'Silence of the Lambs' with eerie surveillance scenes. Somewhat cynical and far less tense, 'Untraceable' often remains more educational than entertaining. (2.5 *'s)

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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 …
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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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