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Keanu reeves turns up the heat as a stone cold serial killer playing a sadistic game of cat and mouse with a burnt-out fbi agent.

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Studio Universal
SKU 40148349
UPC 025192113727
UPC 14 00025192113727
Format DVD
Release Date 2/15/2011
Rating Rating
Keywords
FBI Agents
Los Angeles, California
Mystery
Serial Killers
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note A stylish thriller that recalls David Fincher's SEVEN, THE WATCHER is set in the urban landscape of modern Chicago. The story follows Los Angeles transplant Joel Campbell (James Spader), an ex-police detective who has relocated to Chicago in order to escape his past. It appears that a dangerous serial killer, David Allen Griffin (Keanu Reeves), has formed a special emotional attachment to Campbell, luring him to Chicago in order to continue their deadly game of cat-and-mouse. Each game commences when Griffin sends Campbell a picture of a young girl, giving Campbell 24 hours to track her down before she's murdered. After three tragic failures, the stakes are upped when Griffin kidnaps Campbell's beautiful psychiatrist, Polly (Marisa Tomei), mimicking an earlier event that drove Campbell to Chicago in the first place.^THE WATCHER is a commentary on modern society's effect on people: making them crudely unable to notice the peripheral people in their daily lives. First-time director Joe Charbanic shoots his film like a music video, using elliptical editing, slow motion, and a postindustrial soundtrack that greatly reflects the Chicago music scene. As the tortured detective, Spader possesses an internal fire that gradually builds in intensity as the film progresses.
Plot Summary
Summary In this chilling mystery-thriller, FBI agent Joel Campbell and serial killer David Allen Griffin go head-to-head. Griffin stalks the streets of Chicago for his victims, photographing them and sending the pictures to Campbell before he kills them. This cat-and-mouse activity drives Campbell nearly to the point of insanity, just as it did when both killer and detective were living in L.A. playing the same game. Campbell fled to Chicago and Griffin followed. Now that the battle has changed locations, THE WATCHER asks, will Campbell be the victor--or just the next victim?
Reviews
Sight and Sound "...A thoughtful screenplay by David Elliot and Clay Ayers give a strong supporting cast plenty to chew on..." 01/01/2001 p.61
Los Angeles Times "...Meticulously crafted....Intelligently plotted and well-acted by James Spader, Keanu Reeves and Marisa Tomei..." 09/08/2000 p.C12
Directors
Joe Charbanic
Actors
Keanu Reeves
James Spader
Marisa Tomei
Cast & Crew
Chris Ellis - Actor
Ernie Hudson - Actor
James Spader - Actor
Keanu Reeves - Actor
Marisa Tomei - Actor
Robert Cicchini - Actor
Michael Chapman - Cinematographer
Joe Charbanic & Jeff Jensen - Director
Marco Beltrami - Musical Score
Elliott Lewitt, et al. - Producer
Clay Ayres - Screenplay
David Elliot - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 21137
UPC 00025192113727
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 97 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review ...Keanu Reeves is surprisingly effective as a killer, with his easygoing charm and charismatic smile hiding a cold-blooded interior.
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ReviewRating 5
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound
Product Attributes
Actor Spader,James
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper At The Movies A superb thriller!
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel Strap yourself in! Enjoy the ride!

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