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      17.07.2013 12:05
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      Satisfying thriller.

      This adaptation of the Jeffery Deaver novel makes for worthwhile viewing. Released (on film) in 1999 and starring a very young Angelina Jolie as New York beat cop Amelia Donaghy and Denzel Washington as the paralysed forensics expert Lincoln Rhymes, this is a thought-provoking and often scary thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. When Amelia discovers a mutilated body beside a railway track she is soon pulled into the investigation of a brutal serial killer who poses as a taxi driver to abduct and slaughter his victims. The film keeps up a good level of suspense all the way through and the sparky interaction between the two leads keeps things interesting. Rhyme uses Amelia as his eyes and ears as she tracks the killer down using the clues he purposefully leaves - and there is an interesting twist in the end which will surprise you. The script is punchy and the acting is good. There are credible performances from Jolie, Washington and Queen Latifah who plays Rhyme's nurse. The film manages to balance the build up of tension with some light-hearted feel-good moments. Some scenes are darkly atmospheric and creepy; then the mood changes to one of determined investigation. Some scenes are not, however, for the squeamish. It has a 15 rating. Generally the plot may be a tad formulaic - but it's still a good one. There are some minor flaws though. Even allowing for the suspension of belief which the viewer is happy to apply to a work of fiction - there are one or two implausible moments which let the film down. I won't note them all as it will ruin the plot but give you one small example: huge asbestos steam pipes have just exploded and rookie cop Jolie is sent in first and alone to review the scene - implausible enough in itself maybe - but the poor woman is sent in with no face mask or protective gear. Presumably, nobody wanted to cover that pretty face. Either way the film doesn't quite cater for a viewing public that has seen hundreds of episodes of C.S.I. in the intervening years since its production. The denouement is also tied up a little too fast for me - I would have liked a bit more explanation of the killer's motives and a little more depth to his character. Nevertheless, it's an entertaining and absorbing enough thriller which will keep your interested for the 113 minutes it lasts. Currently on Amazon for £3.62 (17/07/13) it's a recommended buy from me.

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      16.02.2013 09:40
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      I'd watch it again...

      "The Bone Collector" is a 1999 film directed by Phillip Noyce, the film being based on a crime novel by Jeffrey Deaver. As @ the time of writing (February 2013), you can purchase a new copy of the DVD from www.amazon.co.uk for around £3 or from www.play.com for around £4 with free delivery . The copy of the DVD that I borrowed had no bonus features on it, so this is a film only review. * THE STORY * Tetraplegic Lincoln Rhyme (played by Denzel Washington) is completely paralysed from the neck down, being confined to a hospital bed in his apartment. He is only able to move one finger, his head, and both shoulders following a horrific accident some time earlier, and so he relies heavily on his nurse Thelma (played by Queen Latifah) to assist him with his care needs at home. Lincoln previously worked for the NYPD in their forensics division, being an expert in this field and still holds an interest and participation in the field of forensic science. Thanks to his eye for detail and his impressive track record, he is highly regarded and well-known within the law enforcement community. NYPD cop Amelia Donaghy (played by Angelina Jolie) is on her last day of duty paroling the streets of New York, before being transferred to a 'desk job' when she discovers a mutilated corpse. Taking vital evidence from the murder scene without help or guidance, it becomes apparent to her superiors that Amelia has a natural flair in the field of forensics, given that several 'clues' are discovered as a result of Amelia's quick-thinking. Lincoln Rhyme, meanwhile, has been asked to look over the facts of the case, and he must work with Amelia, guiding her through his knowledge and expertise, so that she may become his 'eyes' as she visits various crime scenes in an attempt to unearth clues under Lincoln's supervision. Together with Amelia's recent discoveries and her natural flair for obtaining crucial evidence, Lincoln must piece the puzzle together with Amelia's help so that they may unlock the mystery of this violent killer, as he has made it quite clear he intends to strike again....... And soon... * MY OPINION * I quite enjoyed watching The Bone Collector and found the story was rather cleverly written. I haven't read the book that the movie is based upon, so I won't be making any comparisons in this review. I felt that most of the acting in the film was rather good, with Denzel Washington delivering a flawless performance, which is what I had expected. I wasn't disappointed with any aspect of his acting, and felt in particular that he conveyed the physical and emotional difficulties of being paralysed extremely well. Other issues with Lincoln's physical state were never without emotion or angst too and I thought that the 'seizure' scenes were exceptionally handled. The character of Lincoln is extremely stubborn, and I felt too that Denzel Washington captured this aspect of Lincoln's personality very well, conveying it with apparent ease. Similarly, I found that the dry side of Lincoln's humour came across very easily and I found there was apparently no aspect of Lincoln's complex character that was without conviction, so much so that you might be forgiven for assuming the part had been created exclusively for Mr Washington. Alas, the same could not be said for Lincoln's 'Side Kick', Amelia, who was of course portrayed by one Ms Angelina Jolie. Now, I am most likely being somewhat biased as I really am NOT a fan of Ms Jolie at all. I have been convinced only slightly of her acting abilities by way of a tiny proportion of the various performances of hers that I have seen. The rest were, in my view, extremely 'wooden', without proper 'feeling' and emotion being conveyed on screen. It was no huge surprise for me to discover then, that poor Amelia seemed to be an emotion-less 'statue' of a woman. Not only that, but this poor, emotionless, soul had a bizarre accent that seemed to change of its own accord, and often mid-sentence, strangely! To be fair, there were one or two scenes concerning Amelia's back history that I felt contained enough conviction in them to make them plausible. I even felt a slight empathy towards the character as a glimpse into her difficult past was uncovered. Towards the end of the movie however, I remember thinking that poor Angelina's face must have been aching as the jaw-jutting 'pouting' expression that had been 'set' on her face during the previous half hour or so of movie time must surely be causing severe discomfort? This 'set' expression really did nothing to convince me of Amelia's character, and in fact I found it distracting towards the last part of the film. The supporting cast all delivered their performances with enough conviction to make them thoroughly entertaining. I found Queen Latifah's performance as Thelma in particular was enjoyable to witness, and I found her character delivered a little light humour at times, which was very welcome, offering a little distraction among some of the 'bleak' scenes contained in the movie. The Bone Collector is a story about a serial killer, and although there are a few different 'threads' running through the main plot, such as Lincoln's background and indeed, his future, the main focus of the story concerns this brutal murderer who is leaving clues at each crime scene, apparently 'taunting' the forensics teams who are desperately trying to second guess the killer's next move. I found that this storyline was really quite thrilling, and a real feeling of suspense was allowed to accumulate as the scenes unfolded before me. I found too that the 'thrill' in the film was quite long-lasting, which is seldom the case with films like this one, sadly, that often feel a little 'padded out' with their moments of suspense only appearing sporadically among more menial events that occur on-screen. This couldn't be said of The Bone Collector, in my view, and it did feel like I was really quite intrigued in the plots of the story throughout, without my attention wavering. I liked too how, at several 'jumpy' and thrilling moments throughout the movie, the accompanying music seemed to suddenly pique, allowing the scenes to feel much more atmospheric, and creating further tension for the captivated audience to enjoy. This musical 'backdrop' never felt shrill or in any way over-powering, which would have no doubt been off-putting. As with many good murder stories, The Bone Collector contains a Red Herring... in fact, you could argue that it contains two. This was probably to be expected, and I do believe that some people find such inclusions to be something of a turn-off within a good murder story. I don't really have much opinion on the matter, and didn't feel it either enhanced or spoiled any aspect of the story. I would watch The Bone Collector again, although probably only if I could forget enough of the plot and storyline to make it worth my while! The 'Whodunit' nature of this movie means that its suspenseful, atmospheric climax would probably be spoiled if you had seen it before. Thankfully, I have a terrible memory for such matters, so may well watch the movie again at a later date. I would recommend watching The Bone Collector if you are a fan of films that fall within either the 'Crime' or 'Thriller' genres. The acting is enjoyable to watch, with Denzel Washington delivering an excellent performance as Lincoln, who has a very interesting character. The only negative point I have to report when considering the movie is concerning Angelina Jolie's less than credible performance. I do still recommend the film however, and feel it is deserving of four stars in the rating score.

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        10.09.2009 11:55
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        Like 100Os of other Hollywood serial killer movies you've seen....

        Hollywood loves to make serial killer movies, unfortunately not too well. Within the past decade only a minute group was superb (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, a horrifying character study, the highly intelligent Silence of the Lambs and the stylish and sinister Seven), the rest fall into the mediocre to awful category. Unfortunately The Bone Collector falls into the latter. I say unfortunately because The Bone Collector is based on Jeffrey Deaver's most chilling and interesting, if somewhat flawed novel of the same name. After reading the book at a breakneck speed, I really wanted this movie to be good or at the least, give me chills. Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) is a brilliant forensics specialist who career is practically over after a horrible accident four years ago that has left him completely paralyzed except for movement in his face, shoulder and his right index finger. Bedridden to a life of misery which he decides to end with the help of a doctor, Rhyme is called upon to help track down a brutal serial killer who picks up his victims via cab and then tortures and kills them, leaving behind sets of intricate clues. Enter rookie police officer Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie, with an unusually pumped up set of lips) to become the so-called "legs" of Rhyme, investigating the crime scenes while Rhyme calls the shots from his high tech bed in his stylish and spacious Soho loft. While the book took great detail in explaining what goes on in the mind of a quadriplegic, the bond and attraction that grows between Rhyme and Donaghy, and the grisly, methodical, tortures and murders, all gets totally lost in the transition to the screen. Not only that but in most cases of novels becoming films, The Bone Collector changes drastically and not for the better in the film version. What is left is a slow paced, clumsily directed, poorly photographed and ultimately boring film. Director Phillip Noyce sets up most scenes with little tension and suspense, which is a major problem if you are directing a crime thriller. But even with a great director at the helm, the script is plain flat and the characters are not that interesting to really even care about. As far as the acting goes the best that can be said is that at least the actors get their lines out. Denzel Washington, who is one of my favorite actors, basically goes through the motions and never really captures Rhymes tortured soul (although character wise he isn't given much to work with from the script). Angelina Jolie, who was brilliant in the HBO movie Gia and in subsequent films such as Changeling (we'll forgive her for Tomb Raider!), comes off looking lost and not really conveying much of anything. The rest of the actors do not fare much better with the underdeveloped characters, although Queen Latifah gives her best shot in the thankless role of Rhymes health caretaker. By the end of the film when the identity of the killer is revealed (which comes out of nowhere, which was also somewhat of a problem with the book), some of you will wonder why you sat this long in the movie theater. The serial killer theme has been pretty much worked to death, so maybe it is time to give it a rest for a while. The Bone Collector is major proof of that. Do yourself a favor, skip the movie, pick up one of the most chilling novels written and read it in your dark room late at night. Not recommended.

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          27.08.2009 11:43
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          The Bone Collector DVD

          The Bone Collector THe Bone Collector is a 1999 drama-mystery-thriller film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. It doesn't actually seem like it was made 10 years ago now as I think it is still quite an up to date and current movie. Ange plays a similar sort of role for her, pretty girl but tough with a bit of an edge. She gets to show her sexy and adventurous side but also a vunerable side too. She is a police officer, like her deceased father who is not really mentioned but you can see that he is definitely her idol. She is just a routine beat cop called Amelia Donaghy but a chance finding of a crime scene on a routine day changes the direction of her career and life forever. This is when she meets and teams up with Lincoln Rhyme. Rhyme is played by Denzel Washington. At first I thought the pairing of these two was quite weird and was not sure that it was going to work but them seem to have a chemistry between them and learn to work together well. I think they almost develop a sort of father daughter relationship in the beginning but them by the end they seem to have more of a loving relationship. It's interesting to see how this develops throughout the film. I did not know this but according to an article I read, "The movie was based on a crime novel written by Jeffery Deaver, concerning the quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme. It was the first book of the Lincoln Rhyme series." Rhyme is an ex forensics expert who was in an accident on the job and now is a quadriplegic. I thought this was an interesting story route for the film to go down, why they decided to confine him to a bed is strange and a different way to tell the story but definitely compelling. It's easy to see that Rhyme is depressed and wants to end his life now as he thinks he has nothing to live for but then this case comes along and it piques his interest again and suddenly he has something to live for. The crime scene Amelia stumbles across is that of a serial killer who is known for his signature of removing a single shard of bone from each of the victims. From his bed Rhyme instructs Amelia on how to collect the evidence from the numerous crime scenes and then they both interpret the evidence. At each crime scene they find a scrap of paper which when put together reveals the shocking intent of the serial killer. I liked the fact that this movie was a puzzles solver and that they had to piece together clues although the clues and their conclusions were nothing to viewer could piece together, you just had to let the characters do that for themselves unlike some mystery movies where you the viewer can piece two and two together to come up with the answer. In this was I felt like I was just watching the film rather than being part of it but that's not such a bad thing. I think the plot was a bit far fetched but then quite inventive and interesting. The film had quite a few jumps in it where you jump in fright at the suspense of some of the scenes and I really liked the way in which the film ended.

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            22.04.2009 22:59
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            A bone chiller

            I thought this was an excellent movie, and am surprised at some of the other opinions on it which seem to class it as somewhat mediocre. Denzel Washington is brilliantly cast as Lincoln Rhyme, bedridden due to being paralysed, who has become basically the forces profiler, surrounded by all the modern technology one can fit into his suite. From his bed, armed with his computer, Denzel pieces together clues from a series of grisly murders, trying to find the link that will enable his former colleagues to catch the perpetrator. This is a certificate 15 but has quite a lot of graphic scenes in it. It is full of suspense, and knows when to quit before you have chance to get bored. The twist at the end was not entirely unexpected - I think I'd figured it out about 5 minutes before they showed who it was. The movie was well-paced, the story is a good one and the cast acted incredibly well. There were some frictional moments between certain character, opposing the use of Lincoln Rhyme in the case, and a young female who feels that being sent to help him is an attempt to keep her away from police action. No worries, she gets some! Denzel stole the show, as always (in my opinion) but was admirably supported. It was well worth going to the movies to see. It is now out on video and DVD, so you don't even have to leave home to watch it.

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              17.11.2008 07:06
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              1998 Horror suspence thriller

              The Bone Collector is one of my all time faviourite movies without a doubt although being a horror movie junkie and enjoying the occassional suspence thriller, i wouldnt expect anything less from my self. This is a brillant movie, by no means oscar worthy asides from Queen Latifah for acting the movie or Denzel Washington dont deserve any outstanding praise although overall the movie is great. The movie stars Denzel Washington as the title charachter who one day while working injures himself and ends up ill for a while during the time someone is causing havoc in the area and obviously is obessessed with Bones and appears to be collecting them, little does he know the person/people doing this are someone he knows - i won't say who! but i gasped when i found it, the most amazing reveal with it as well. I personally find Denzel Washington quite unlikeable particularly because his other work Training Day and American Gangsta is quite gritty etc this is a nice variation but as a person i get a bad vibe! anyone agree? Another thing to note is that it stars Angelina Jolie, but a more low profile Angelina Jolie than the one we know today, a refreshing performance - quite good but nothing stellar like the others really. Just a nice comparison to the A List mega star we know today In some ways you could say this movie is rather slow paced i would have prefered it a little shorter if i am honest. I thought casting was sorta excellent i couldnt imagine two other people in these roles other than Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington. The movie is brillant and one of my all time faviourites but i dont think its outstanding, stellar or a cut above the rest it's just good in it's own context. Pretty simplistic plot as well it is a thriller you will be hooked - i was - but the movie doesnt really take risks i would have preferred some more action rather than Denzel in the same posistion going over the same information again and again. Despite what i am saying i love this movie, i think you'll like it not love it! I heard about a Bone Collector 2 but obviously it was shelved - would have been nice. The only thing i'll say is no way would i have seen that twist coming about 80% of the time in, you'll be shocked honestly

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                08.09.2008 18:44
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                Average movie

                The Bone collector starring Denzel Washington is about a young police office(Angilina Jolie) who stumbles across a bizarre murder at a old railway track ,she has the forsight to take pictures of the scene and preserve the evidence before it is destroyed by a on coming train ,this gets her noticed by a famous paralysed police consultant who pulls her onto the team to help him solve the unusual murders In some places this film is a little predictable especially where capturing victims is involved,it has a intriguing dark atmosphere though and occasionally leads you off track. The cast helps out this movie a lot although the story is fairly compelling to watch ,it's a little gruesome in some places and keeps you guessing as to who the killer is right up until the end which is good, although it wasn't a huge hit at the box office if your into crime thrillers like seven this could be a good film with you it isn't a bad story and has a crackin cast

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                  26.07.2008 00:09
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                  The combination of Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie works wonders in this movie. Not being a great lover of Angelina Jolie, however really liking her in Gone in Sixty Second, this is one of the only other films in which I think she portrays a great character and her acting in this comes across to me as shining. Denzel Washington in another instance I think is great in any part that he plays, although he comes across as quite bland sometimes in some of the parts that he plays, thats just the way he is and I really like him. The Plot When Amelia (Angelina Jolie) stops a train because she see's something on the train track, she doesn't realise that she may have let herself into something that she possibly didn't want to get herself into. When Rhymes (Denzel Washington) a forensic who now works from his bed because of an accident found out of what Amelia had done, he realises that he needs her to work with him, and to be his eyes and work the crime scene for him as he is now a criple in bed after an accident fulfilling his job. Initially Amelia agree's to do this and starts to work her first crime scene when they get wind of a new victim of the Bone Collector. Getting there after the crime had been committed Amelia finds herself working a crime scene that seems to be a little more than she can actually handle. Battling through the work that Rhymes throws at her, the pair begin to work together and Amelia gets used to her new Forensic role, in a bid to try and catch a predator that is carrying out the various murders from a book. Working together, have they got the ability to do it? The film I feel has been underated and not actually been given the recognition that it deserves, its a film that does keep you glued to your seats and as mentioned before the combination of the main cast work extremely well together, to deliver a superb performance for adult viewing.

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                    16.07.2008 22:56
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                    Dave's Recommendation for the Weekend.

                    The Bone Collector is a bit of an under rated film in my mind. It's not one people tend to talk about when they name their favourite thrillers but thinking about it, it does deserve a place in my top ten actually purely based on it's originality. I never fail to enjoy getting caught up with this and the gorgeous Angelina Jolie really helps to make this film a winner with me too! The Bone Collector is based on the book of the same name by famous thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver. It tells the story of a detective called Lincoln Rhyme who solves crimes from his bed. No really! Because Lincoln Rhyme is a quadriplegic whose brain works perfectly but most of his body is paralysed following an accident from years earlier. Rookie Cop Amelia (Angelina Jolie) is on board as an energetic young forensics expert who acts as Lincoln Rhyme's arms and legs in solving the case at hand. What I really like about this original take on a crime thriller is watching the story unfold. It's not so much about what is going to happen when you watch this film - it's interesting just watching it when it does. Amelia is constantly in contact with Lincoln Rhyme through radio equipment as she's on the tail of a serial killer and it's really interesting to watch this original take on team work! The film is really well shot the way it jumps between the two characters so smoothly too. As the ending approaches, you'll probably have a few ideas about what's going to happen and you hopefully won't be disappointed. I know I wasn't and have enjoyed watching this several times over despite knowing how it ends. I paid £7.99 for this in store last year as previously I'd only seen it on TV. I've checked Amazon and found they sell it on there for £4.98 at the minute though if you're interested and I think it's well worth it for that price.

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                      24.06.2008 00:49
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                      suspense, action and clever cop.

                      . The Bone Collector is film about two heroes, a quadriplegic ex-forensics expert, Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) and untested rookie cop Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) and a villain in the form of a serial killer. The film is like a jigsaw. The forensic expert is bed ridden he talks and he thinks his way to solving the problem, stopping a mad man from killing more people. This type of films always builds tension slowly. This is no different. Every time characters enter a dark room or area they face danger. The killer is really slimy as well working as a taxi driver he kills his victims in vicious ways. The description of what is happening by the rookie cop is unsettling. It is great film, has great cat and mouse story and finally film buffs would agree good films have good stories and good acting. In most films good acting often supersedes anything else. In this film Washington is amazing as the man who can't walk a yard yet thinks the unthinkable.

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                        The Bone Collector - This is about Lincoln Rhymes (Denzil Washington)an extremely clever Forensic Police Officer, who was injured while on duty, and has very limited movement, so everything is computerised. There is a serial killer on the loose, and Lincoln is talked into helping with the case. He enlists the help of Angelina Jolie, who is up and coming in the forensic department. But Lincoln Rhymes feels that she has the feeling and know how, that he needs to be his eyes and ears, out on the streets. This is an extremely clever Thriller, with an exciting plot. The director takes you on a rollercoaster journey with Washington definitely at the helm. I personally think this is one of Denzil Washingtons best movies. Angelina Jolie, also plays a believable part, you cant help feeling for her, the things she has to do for Rhymes in order to catch the killer. From the start of the film, it will have you gripped, it is not a film where you can go and put the kettle on, not that you would want to. It is really gripping!!! I would recommend this film 100% it is definitely being added to my collection. I could get really indepth with this review, but am too frightened to give away the plot. Hope this has been helpful, and extremely good watch.

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                          The Bone Collector was met with acclaim and critics and cinema-goers alike gave favourable reports. In such situations I often find myself disappointed when I (being both behind the times and penny-pinching) watch the film myself on video some time after its release. Would this be in the case in this instance? THE PLOT Denzel Washington plays Lincoln Rhyme, a police officer and expert in forensic investigation, who has been paralysed from the neck down with the exception of his index finger. When a serial killer strikes and seems to be leaving grisly clues to his next potential victim, Rhyme?s expertise is required to solve the case. Being confined to a bed Rhyme enlists the help of Amelia Donaghy, played by Angelina Jolie, another police officer, to act as his eyes and ears in the field to attempt to track down the serial killer before more innocent victims die. A GRISLY GAME OF TREASURE HUNT The film has a constant atmosphere of urgency and a good pace to the action as the cops have forensic clues to solve to find the location of the next victim before they are killed. Although this ?race against time? technique is not original, it works well and the viewer is gripped from the start and their attention is held easily by the rapid pace of the plot. One of the killer?s reasons for leaving these clues is to shift responsibility for the deaths of the victims on to the police. If they had tracked down the victim?s location more quickly then the victim would not have died and, therefore, it is the police?s fault and not the killer?s that the death occurred. One would think that this would have some effect upon the consciences of the cops involved but it does not seem to and their feelings in this regard are not disclosed. However, this does not affect the film and is only a minor niggle and can be explained away by the fact that the sequence of events unfurls so quickly that the officers do not have an opportu nity to stop and think about the ramifications of the situation. CHARACTERS AND ACTING The character of Rhymes is intriguing. He is obviously a highly intelligent man. However, he suffers from fits, any of which could ?turn him into a vegetable? (as tactfully explained by his care professional!). Rhymes has decided that he will use assisted suicide to end his life before the fits do. This adds an added depth to his personality, as he can function extremely efficiently as a policeman and yet his personal background contains a restricted life period. This makes him a fascinating character and the viewer feels both sympathy and a desire to know and understand him more, which is echoed by the feelings of Donaghy. Washington portrays Rhymes successfully. He is strong yet enigmatic and commands sufficient screen presence to centre the viewer?s attention upon his immobile character. Considering that his only movement is from his face and index finger, Washington must be given credit for being able to ensure the empathy of the viewers with little difficulty. As the film commenced the character of Amelia Donaghy annoyed me. With the second victim Rhymes asked her to enter the crime scene alone, report on the evidence she found and to recover the handcuffs binding the corpse. Unfortunately to preserve fingerprints she must saw off the hands of the body, which she refuses to do and leaves the crime scene in floods of tears. This evoked disdain in me, as she is a trained police officer who has a job to do. She also seemed selfish in her refusal to act, as some member of the force would have to do it, so why not her? She then stays out of contact with the investigating team until a colleague is sent to check on her. However, we are then informed of an occurrence in her past that may explain her reluctance to follow orders. Her father had killed himself with a firearm and it was she who found the body. This is o bviously a detail added to give depth to the character and to enable the viewer to empathise with her. Unfortunately I am a callous b*tch and it had the opposite effect. Nevertheless, the behaviour of her character throughout the rest of the film made up for this and I grew to have a grudging respect for her. DEM BONES The film is extremely enjoyable. The plot is fast moving and exciting. There are sufficient murders to create interest and although the viewers are shown the details of the killings once they are discovered the murders as they occur are not seen and so although gory the film is not stomach-turningly grisly. The acting was convincing and I came to respect and empathise with the characters. In spite of my pre-conceived ideas due to the reputation of the film and the hideous site of Angelina?s Jolie?s bum-shaped bottom lip, I found the movie highly entertaining, utterly gripping and well worth the £2.75 rental!

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                            Lincoln Rhyme(played by Denzel Washington) was a NYPD Homocide expert at a crime scene when he was suddenly injured in the line of duty. Due to this he has been paralysed from the neck down and now directs operations from his bed. A report is called in about a hand mysteriously sticking out of the ground. It turns out that two people had got into a taxi cab and been abducted and murdered. The gruesome finger on the hand points towards the rail line and there are some mystic clues left for Amelia Donaghy(Angelina Jolie). Amelia manages to stop a train from disturbing the evidence left on the rail line. Amelia Donaghy is a normal Police Officer walking the streets and is asked to handle the case with the assistance of Lincoln Rhyme. The clues left at the scenes end up making a jigsaw when put together and spell out one of the clues(I shall not mention anymore about the clues incase I spoil the film). Amelia is made to find the clues and check the scene for evidence and is basically Lincoln's eyes as she describes the scene and returns with the clues to examine. The NYPD are fighting a race against time to try and save some more innocent victims from this psychotic serial killer, Will they succeed?? A great Crime/Detective film to watch although there are a few scenes that are slightly distressing for those with weak stomachs so be warned!. This film has a 15 rating on it. The additional add ons on this DVD include: Audio Setup Language Choice Multiple Language Choice Scene Selections Directors Commentary Featurette which lasts for 22minutes Filmographies Isolated Music Score Theatrical Trailer Trailer - Devil in a blue dress As you can see there are a number of extras so paying the price of around £17 is'nt bad value. I would recommend this film to anybody who is into Thrillers. The film lasts for approximately one hour and thirteen minutes. This DVD is ava ilable at most record stores who sell DVD's and is priced around £17 depending on where you purchase it from.

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                              28.08.2002 23:51
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                              I have had this movie on DVD for sometime now, and I haven’t got around to watching It until last night, Well I have to admit it isn’t mine, it’s my partners, so it isn’t the type of movie a would usually go for, but to my surprise I was pleasantly surprised that I actually found this to be very good. THE PLOT. Its about Lincoln Rhyme a new York city detective specializing in forensics was once the country’s leading criminologist, until a near fatal injury in the line of duty has left paralyzed with little will to live. A street smart police woman Amelia Donaghy is on the verge of moving to a desk job but her last call as a street cop leads her to the discovery of a gruesomely mutilated corpse. Rhyme’s fellow detectives persuade him to take the case, and he pulls Amelia reluctantly away from her new desk job to help him solve the case. Although an unlikely pairing, Amelia must become Rhymes eyes, eyes and legs as they race against the clock to get in side the mind of this crazed killer and beat him at his own game before he strikes again. The pair must see as one, act as one and think like one if they have any chance of catching him. THE CAST. Denzel Washington academy award winner (best supporting actor, Glory 1993) Plays the part of Lincoln Rhyme, The detective who has an attitude about his condition, and lacks the will to live, He puts all of his live and soul into this case. As this film progresses we see a softer side to Rhymes, he starts to open up and he becomes a much more likeable character. Angelina Jolie academy award winner (best supporting actress, Girl Interrupted, 2000) plays the part of Amelia Donaghy, the street cop who has to cope with the traumas of seeing each of the mad mans victims as well as the attitude of her partner Lincoln Rhyme, She and rhymes don’t get on at all, she sees him as arrogant and pig headed, but she soon changes her mind about him and goes out of her way to help him even if she may lose her job over it. Once I had finished watching this movie, I thought that it was very similar to the movie Seven with Brad Pitt; it is very similar but very different at the same time if you know what I am trying to say. I would defiantly recommend this movie to anyone it is fantastic, with some great direction and some fantastic storylines, so why not try it I guarantee that you will not regret it. Anyway thank you for reading, Bubbles.

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                                28.02.2002 21:14
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                                I am urged to write this review after reading everyone else's, as I don't think anyone gave the film its true justice (and I probably won't either but I will make an attempt!!). THE MAIN CHARACTERS/CAST Lincoln Rhyme (played by Denzel Washington) is a brilliant forensic scientist who was an excellent NYPD Homicide Detective. He devoted his spare time to collecting samples of everything (bolts, glass, sand etc) to be analysed and databased. He knows everything about forensics and has written a stack of text books on the subject. He has the respect of everyone in the department (well nearly everyone). But his life changed when he was in a freak on-the-job accident and he is now only able to move one finger, one shoulder and his head. He is strapped up to the best computer you have ever seen in your life, which is controlled by either his one working finger or by voice commands. He is prone to having seizures, any of which could turn him into a vegetable and is currently planning 'the transition' from this life to the next with the help of a somewhat wary doctor friend. Amelia Donaghy (played by Angelina Jolie) is a young cop and ex-model who is moving from beat cop to young offenders - her father died by his gun and she is moving to something less dangerous. Michael Rooker plays Captain Cheney, who appears to hate Rhyme and has no time for his methods of detective work. As you see in the film, part of the problem is Cheney's own incompetence. Other key characters are: Thelma (Lincoln?s nurse).... Queen Latifah Detective Paulie Sellitto.....Ed O?Neil Detective Kenny Solomon ....Mike McGlone Eddie Oritz.......Luis Guzman Richard Thomson......Leland Orser Dr Barry Lehman .....John Benjamin Hickey THE STORY Amelia is on patrol and she is called to a railway line where a young boy has spotted a hand sticking up out of the ground. On further examination the hand turns out to be a body - the body of a business man who went missing along, with his wife, that morning when they got into a taxi that never took them to their destination - spotting that the flesh was removed on his index finger, and his wedding ring was hanging from the bare bone, Amelia discovers that the finger points to a small pile of sand and a bolt which are lying on the rail tracks. Assuming this is evidence, she has the guts to stop a train and protect the scene while she calls it in. Cheney is none to pleased about this - a rookie cop disrupting the rail schedule for no apparent reason, and he pretty much has it in for Amelia for the duration of the film. Rhyme is persuaded by friend and ex-colleague Detective Sellitto (played by Ed O'Neil of 'Married With Children' fame) to give him a hand as they are all stumped - they know that the clue is pointing them towards the whereabouts of the wife, who they suspect is still alive (for how long?), but they can't work it out without the help of a forensics expert. They are working to a very tight deadline as more and more victims are taken and more and more clues are left. Rhyme insists on speaking to Amelia and when he does he immediately spots her potential as a detective with forensics skills and persuades (or pretty much forces) her to 'walk the grid' at the subsequent crime scenes and be his eyes, his ears and feel what he used to feel. Amelia is a bit worked up about doing this and at times the stress gets to her a bit. Lincoln and Amelia form a partnership - with its ups and downs - and between the two of them they are able to not only solve the clues left by the perp but solve the reason behind the crimes. I don't really want to write much more on the storyline as I will totally give the game away!! I found the film to be very interesting, with a high excitement rate and full of information on forensics and the world of a quadriplegic NYPD detective. As with every single film you could pick out holes and flaws until the day you die but I always find it better not to question things and just enjoy the film! The film is based on the book by Jeffery Deaver and is the first (as far as I know) of his books where we meet Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs (they changed her name in the movie and I have no idea why!!) so for those that did enjoy the film I would urge you to read more of his work. DVD STATS Subtitles: 17 languages including English Audio: Dolby Digital - dialogue in English and German Available from Columbia Tristar - catalogue number CDR30597 Extras include commentary by director, and behind the scenes featurette It may be of interest that the film length on region 1 disk is 118 minutes and the length on region 2 disk is 113 minutes???? wonder what the extra five minutes are in US!!

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                                Released in late 1999, The Bone Collector was originally promoted as a thriller in the tradition of The Silence of the Lambs and Seven, suggesting that it would earn a place among those earlier, better films. Nice try, but no cigar. The Bone Collector settles instead for mere competence and the modest rewards of a well-handled formula. With a terrific cast at his service, director Phillip Noyce (Dead Calm, Patriot Games) turns the pulpy indulgence of Jeffery Deaver's novel into a slick potboiler that is grisly fun only if you don't pick it apart. Noyce expertly builds palpable tension around a series of gruesome murders that lead us into the darkest nooks of New York City. Now a bedridden quadriplegic prone to life-threatening seizures and suicidal depression, forensics detective Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) gets a new lease on life with a sharp young beat cop (Angelina Jolie) who's a wizard at analyzing crime scenes. She does field work while he deciphers clues from his high-tech Manhattan loft, and as they narrow the search their lives are increasingly endangered. As this formulaic plot grows mouldy, Noyce resorts to narrative shortcuts, using perfunctory scenes to manipulate the viewer and taking morbid pleasure in his revelation of the murder scenes. And yet it all works, to a point, and the cast (including Queen Latifah and Luiz Guzmán) is much better than the material. If you're looking for a few good thrills, The Bone Collector is a pretty safe bet. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com