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Oxford Murders
Oxford Murders
Actors: Elijah Wood, John Hurt
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
R     2010     1hr 49min


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Actors: Elijah Wood, John Hurt
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/05/2010
Original Release Date: 01/01/2010
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/2010
Release Year: 2010
Run Time: 1hr 49min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Nina E.
Reviewed on 9/6/2016...
The Oxford Murders is a 2008 British-Spanish drama film directed by Álex de la Iglesia. This thriller film is adapted from the novel of the same name by Argentine mathematician and writer Guillermo Martínez. The film stars Elijah Wood, John Hurt, Spanish actress Leonor Watling and Julie Cox.

In 1993, Martin (Elijah Wood), a US student at the University of Oxford, wants Arthur Seldom (Hurt) as his thesis supervisor. He idolises Seldom and has learned all about him. He takes accommodation in Oxford at the house of Mrs. Eagleton (Anna Massey), an old friend of Seldom. Also in the house is her daughter, Beth (Julie Cox), who is her full-time caregiver — which she resents bitterly — and a musician by occupation.

In a public lecture, Seldom quotes Wittgenstein's Tractatus to deny the possibility of absolute truth. Hoping to impress his idol, Martin disputes this, asserting his faith in the absolute truth of mathematics: "I believe in the number pi". Seldom humiliates him, ridiculing his arguments and making him look foolish in front of the audience. Disillusioned, Martin decides to abandon his studies and goes to his office to collect his belongings. There, he encounters his office-mate, a bitter mathematician Podorov (Burn Gorman), who also failed to become a student of Seldom's.

Martin then returns to his residence, where he finds Seldom arriving to visit Mrs. Eagleton. The two men enter the house together and find Martin's landlady murdered. Seldom tells the police that he had received a note with his friend's address marked as "the first of a series". As Seldom is an authority on logical series, he argues that a serial killer is using murder as a way to challenge his intelligence. According to Seldom, "The only perfect crime that exists is not the one that remains unsolved, but the one which is solved with the wrong culprit.

Martin and Seldom discuss how easily the murder of the old lady might have been overlooked, particularly as she already suffered from terminal cancer. Martin suggests that the murderer is committing "imperceptible murders", meaning that the killer is choosing victims who are already dying therefore meaning that the police would be less likely to suspect foul play.

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A journey through our minds instead of busy streets
Arctic Voice Earl | Wisconsin | 10/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)


My wife and I settle down with Husky Avu for a special movie night. At last, something that is more than loud, high tech, and full of endless car chases.

Having said that, it was sometimes difficult to follow this journey of philosophy, logic and mathematics to resolution of a series of murders. No distractions, or quick trips to the refrigerator. Even Avu was quiet and our minds buzzed, trying to work out puzzles and apparent dead ends at Oxford.

We would close our eyes now and then and try to visualize aspects of math which had been dormant in our minds for decades.

The acting is generally top-notch, and give John Hurt special praise for truly looking and acting like a bright, but rather eccentric, professor. I just loved insights on how his mind was working.

There was some romance/sex to help shift the focus at times. Maybe more like a pit stop.

Once the movie closed with a rather brilliant conclusion my wife went to pet Avu and then check her e-mail. But I went back for some special feature interviews. Even then, I still found my mind buzzing, and thinking about equations, proof, calculations and more.

For its next movie, I'd like to see the entire team return with clear insights on the nature of dark matter and dark energy."