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Suspect Zero (2004)

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A mysterious serial killer is hunting other serial killers, and one F.B.I. Agent suspects there may be more to the vigilante than they imagine.

Director:

E. Elias Merhige

Writers:

Zak Penn (story), Zak Penn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Eckhart ... Thomas Mackelway
Ben Kingsley ... Benjamin O'Ryan
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Fran Kulok
Harry Lennix ... Rich Charleton
Kevin Chamberlin ... Harold Speck
Julian Reyes Julian Reyes ... Highway Patrolman
Keith Campbell ... Raymond Starkey
Chloe Russell ... Loretta
Ellen Blake Ellen Blake ... Dolly
William B. Johnson William B. Johnson ... Mel
Jerry Gardner Jerry Gardner ... Sheriff Harry Dylan
Daniel Patrick Moriarty Daniel Patrick Moriarty ... Bud Granger
Curtis Plagge Curtis Plagge ... Jumbo
Nicole DeHuff ... Katie Potter
William Mapother ... Bill Grieves
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Storyline

When Dallas FBI Agent Thomas Mackelway violates serial killer Raymond Starkey's civil rights during an unorthodox arrest, Starkey goes free and Mackelway is demoted to a remote branch of the agency in Albuquerque. His first day on the job, Mackelway investigates the murder of traveling salesman Harold Speck, which turns out to be the first of three seemingly random killings. Perhaps they are not random at all. The last to die is Mackelway's nemesis, Raymond Starkey. The assignment consumes him, his past mistakes haunt him, and his head throbs constantly as he tries to find the link between the victims that will lead him to their killer while the case becomes increasingly gruesome and patently personal. This does not go unnoticed by his unflappable partner Fran Kulok, who knows of Mackelway's past and the demons that afflict him. Like Mackelway, she becomes drawn into the labyrinth of chilling clues, all of which point to the enigmatic Benjamin O'Ryan. O'Ryan clearly has a connection ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neitariamasis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,446,375, 29 August 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,725,813

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,650,407
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first movie Carrie-Anne Moss did after The Matrix (1999) trilogy, for which she has been known. See more »

Goofs

(at around 27 mins) Mackleway is looking at a newspaper clipping dated Friday, October 23, 2001. Tuesday is the actual day of the week for that date. See more »

Quotes

Benjamin O'Ryan: [having sat across from Speck without his notice] What's in the case?
Harold Speck: [looks up, startled] I'm sorry?
Benjamin O'Ryan: You're always lugging that case around. I'm curious. What do you sell?
Harold Speck: I'm in restaurant supplies. I'm-I'm sorry, I didn't get your name.
Benjamin O'Ryan: You must travel a lot, huh? Whole country or just hereabouts?
Harold Speck: I-I don't mean to be rude, but, uh...
Benjamin O'Ryan: How's your wife feel about it?
Harold Speck: What?
Benjamin O'Ryan: She must get lonely, you gone all the time. Does she?
Harold Speck: Look, I...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The opening Paramount logo is brown (to resemble the desert) and the water in the Intermedia logo is black. See more »

Connections

Featured in What We See When We Close Our Eyes (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Flirtin' with Disaster
(1979)
Written by David Lawrence Hlubek (as Dave Hlubek), Danny Joe Brown and Banner Harvey Thomas (as Banner H. Thomas)
Performed by Molly Hatchet
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Something Was Lacking
2 July 2005 | by jmvervilleSee all my reviews

As I followed this film from beginning to end, I enjoyed the revelations of the various twists and I felt that the film even seemed to have a natural and proper progression to it, but at the same time, I felt that there was something very large missing. I think that the director ended up inserting the punchlines with too much subtlety, and the acting was too routine, while the action was too constant to be shocking or surprising... Whatever it may be, the film was lacking something large. The combination of all of the above seems to kill the feeling and plot of the film.

I couldn't help but feel utterly indifferent in some parts of the film which are supposed to be exciting and thrilling, and this caused the film to let me down. I am not sure who is to blame, but in the end, this interesting plot with a lot of potential turned into 'just another movie.'


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