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|Murder by Numbers |
Actors: Sandra Bullock, Ben Chaplin, Ryan Gosling, Michael Pitt, Agnes Bruckner
Director: Barbet Schroeder
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
The body of a young woman is found in a ditch in the woods of the small California coastal town of San Benito. SANDRA BULLOCK ("Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood," "Miss Congeniality"), stars as Cassie Mayweather, the... more »
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Wayne F. (WWIIpfc) from COLORADO SPGS, CO
Reviewed on 7/28/2014...
Yup! It keeps your interest all the way through.
Claudia F. (Claudia413) from COCONUT CREEK, FL
Reviewed on 9/5/2010...
Sandra Bullock plays Cassie Mayweather, a homicide detective confronting personal demons while following her instincts about the real killers in a Jane Doe murder case. The clues point one way - but the chain of evidence is too perfect. Police procedure melds with escalating tension in this suspense thriller. Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt chillingly play bored rich kids who plan and execute a perfect murder, then watch the police fall for every planted clue. They figure they've gotten away with it. What they don't figure right is Cassie Mayweather.
Excellent acting, plenty of suspense and thrills right to the end.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Donald K. (Njoyboatn) from BIG FLATS, NY
Reviewed on 2/19/2009...
Good suspense - yo won't really know until the very end!
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sherry R. (cher) from ANDERSON, CA
Reviewed on 12/16/2008...
Hey if you like Sandra Bullock then you will love this movie she is awesome. Also have to say Ryan Gosling is amazing. Its a must see!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
A thrilling film!
shankar_k | Indianapolis, IN United States | 04/16/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Finally, Sandra Bullock has acted in a good film! Ever since I saw her in 'Speed', I always thought that she was a talented actress. But then 'While you were sleeping' and 'Hope floats' were thoroughly cliched and made me wonder if she was just a one-film wonder. Well, she did prove me otherwise in 'Murder by numbers'.If you thought from the title or the trailer that this film is about a serial killer, you are wrong (I did that same mistake too!). This film is about the perfect crime or what the killer(s) think will be a perfect crime. As is the case with all killers, they do one simple mistake and that is enough for Casey (the cop played by Sandra Bullock) and her partner Sam to solve the case. Even though there is no actual suspense in the film, I will not spoil the plot by telling who the killers are. The director does not attempt to hide the identity of the killers, it is fairly clear who the killers are right from the first or second scene. In spite of this, the film continues to gather momentum, with Sandra Bullock and her partner doing their detective work meticulously. Where the film lacks in suspense, it more than makes up for it in the tight story-line and the excellent acting by all the actors.Sandra Bullock is very convincing as the troubled cop who has a checkered history of her own and that comes to light as the film progresses. Ben Chaplin, who plays Bullock's partner Sam is good too, but the best acting in the film comes from the two young men played by Ryan Gosling (who plays Richard) and Michael Pitt (who plays Justin). Gosling is nothing less than brilliant in his portrayal and his future as an actor sure looks bright.The film drags a bit towards the end, with the climax being a bit cliched. But this is surely a film that is worth seeing!"
Should I Go See This Movie?
C. A. Luster | 04/28/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Critics gave this only a couple stars. Fans give it four. If you go to movies to evaluate an art form, stick to the stupid boring movies the critics love. If you want to get good value for your entertainment dollar, go see this movie. This is the serious side of Sandra Bullock. And it is a good one. Not the funny, girl next door of While You Were Sleeping, or Miss Congeniality. More on the level of Practical Magic. Not so serious as Hope Floats. She gets a lot of on screen time, which is what her fans pay the money for. The story - two teenagers with too much time on their hands and not enough hobbies think they can get away with murder. Sandra uses her gut instincts far more than her forensic training to read right into their soul and sniff out the rats for what they are. There are some twists and turns in the story but the characters are not developed well at all. There is a "deep, dark secret" that motivates her cop character that really get lip service rather than providing any insight into her motivations. Still, it is a one dimensional romp showcasing Sandra's great looks and engaging voice. Very well worth the price of admisssion. I have seen many worse movies that critics swooned over and even gave Oscars to, so don't put much stock in what they say. If you like Sandra Bullock, you will like this show."
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C. A. Luster | Burke, VA USA | 10/21/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sandra Bullock does a great job of playing a detective looking for a murderer. The clues are a bit to neat to suit her and she begins to look deeper. This movie was borderline Hitchcock style murder mystery and very smoothly done. Just a little stronger acting by Ben Chaplin and Ryan Gosling and it would have been a major hit. They do a good job but they are not the caliber of Ed Norton in "Primal Fear". If they were they would have got at least oscar nominations if not awards. I still think they turn in fine performances and were not appreciated. I personally think the whole movie was underrated. I think it improves with additional viewings. You begin to truly appreciate the performances and the story. A Hitchcock air about it that makes you think of "The Rope" and "Vertigo". I bought the DVD and I recommend it. Most fans of movies like "Kiss the Girls" and "Along Came a Spider" will enjoy it."