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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 moldy, 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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.
Love this movie ... creepy and chilling and love the chemistry between main characters.Published 1 month ago by Janet Pole
Very good dvd and lot of good memories about it I just adore it and recommanded it to all my friendsPublished 15 months ago by Claude Couillard
A must see for Jeffrey Deaver (the author) fans. Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie do a great job. Read the book too for the complete experience.Published on July 7 2013 by Dee
I get my DVD well before the time limit in a short delay since I order it. It was well wrapped and protected. Read morePublished on May 8 2013 by Alain Morin
THis movie was fantastic. I have seen it before, but now I own it. I can see it over and over.Published on July 24 2010 by John Tim Jackson
you should love this top notch thriller.Angelina Jolie and Denzel
Washington are the headliners and are in fine form,but the supporting
cast is also superb. Read more
Why does almost every film about a serial killer, made after Silence Of The Lambs, have to be compared to it? I can't think of one example where that turned out to be true. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by T. Lobascio