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A whodunit revolving around a group of 10 strangers who find themselves running from a desert storm. They hole up in a roadside motel that proves as hospitable as the Bates Motel. The patrons are killed, one by one, and the survivors must try to figure out who the killer is before they, too, check out... permanently! Stars John Cusack (upcoming The Runaway Jury, Americas Sweethearts), Ray Liotta (Narc, Hannibal, Unlawful Entry), Rebecca DeMornay (The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Never Talk to Strangers), Jake Busey (Tomcats, Starship Troopers), Amanda Peet (upcoming The Whole Ten Yards, High Crimes), Alfred Molina (Frida, Chocolat), John C. McGinley (Stealing Harvard, The Animal, TVs Scrubs), Directed by James Mangold (Kate & Leopold, Girl, Interrupted, Cop Land).
The Identity DVD features are not quite as enticing as they sound. Of chief interest is the extended branched version of the film (available in widescreen only), but there's only one added scene (an interesting but not critical minute-long sequence that would have been the first conference-room scene), and the differences in the alternate ending are so subtle that you'll miss them if you literally blink a few times. There's no question it could affect audience perception, but unlike most alternate endings, it doesn't affect the actual outcome. (See spoiler for more information.) The four deleted scenes (which don't include either of the above-mentioned additions) aren't that exciting, and the optional director commentary notes that these deletions generally served to cut moments of character and comic relief in favor of moving the story along, which is one reason the film runs a brisk 90 minutes. James Mangold's director commentary on the feature is good, though, as he discusses such matters as the logistics of the perpetual downpour and a crucial bit of dialogue removed from the film's climax. Considering that downpour and the contrasting darks and lights of the film, picture quality is good, and the thunder claps sound great in 5.1 sound so there are no complaints about the DVD's presentation of the film itself. --David Horiuchi
Identity is a great movie I loved it when I first saw it I thought right away I have to buy it and I am happy I did its a must see and own movie try watching it you wont be... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Melissa
My family loves psychological thrillers, so when my father mentioned "that movie with that guy and a bunch of other people in that wierd motel and it was raining... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2010 by WryGrin
YES. HEH, HEH, HEH. EXQUISITE. THIS IS TRULY A MASTER MOVIE OF SUSPENSE, THRILLS AND TWISTS. NOT TO MENTION THE EXCEPTIONAL ACTING FROM THE ENTIRE CAST. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2004 by jason
One of the best psychological thrillers made since Jacob's Ladder. This ensemble cast is perfectly blended to offer the right mix of fresh talent (Amanda Peet and Jake Busey) and... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by frisky2000
This film is one of the best in psychological thrillers. It keeps you guessing and re-guessing as the plot moves on and the dead bodies start disappearing. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Chrystal McCoy
This movie is hard to talk about because you don't want to give a second of it away. I've seen a lot of movies and I'd give this one a A+. Read morePublished on July 10 2004
a good suspense/horror movie with a big twist at the end that didn't work for me, though it should be commended for it's originality. the extras are pretty good.Published on July 5 2004 by "thmnshw4"
The movie really did keep my interest. It made you think and wonder who the killer is. The only thing is, you really do have to pay attention. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by Heidi
I had high hopes for this movie since it starred several excellent actors. My husband and I had a difficult time sitting though this silly movie without walking out. Read morePublished on July 3 2004 by Carol Watkins