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Taking Lives (Full Screen Edition)
Taking Lives
Full Screen Edition
Actors: Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland, Gena Rowlands, Olivier Martinez
Director: D.J. Caruso
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2004     1hr 43min

A psychological thriller, Taking Lives is the story of an FBI agent who becomes involved with her key witness while tracking a prolific serial killer who assumes the lives and identities of the people he kills. She finds h...  more »

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Actors: Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland, Gena Rowlands, Olivier Martinez
Director: D.J. Caruso
Creators: Alan C. Blomquist, Anna DeRoy, Bernie Goldmann, Bruce Berman, Dana Goldberg, Jon Bokenkamp, Michael Pye
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/17/2004
Original Release Date: 03/19/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 03/19/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 43min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 18
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, French, French
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Nancy W. from CHARLOTTE, NC
Reviewed on 1/30/2011...
Great movie although the premise is disturbing. Angelina & Ethan both did a great job.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Nancy I. (Nimsy) from WISE, NC
Reviewed on 7/13/2010...
This is the kind of movie I love! Angelina Jolie does a great job with the introspective, distant, brainy, and calculating FBI special agent; Ethan Hawke will surprise you with the breadth of his character John Costa. Each main character has a hidden side, which slowly gets revealed. A few really shocking moments and a lot of tense suspense, with one subtle (or not so subtle, yet always unexpected) twist after another. This one goes on my keeper shelf, along with 'The Bone Collector.'
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Kim G. (kimmarie) from ASHLAND, AL
Reviewed on 1/24/2010...
Great suspense surprize ending. Angelina Jolie is always good even with the sound off.
Quality of filming a little darker than need be. Rainy and cold always. Overall an A-
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Deborah S. from CORTLAND, NY
Reviewed on 8/13/2009...
I love a mystery, which is the lead-in for many a conversation, but more than anything, I like it when a book or a movie keeps me guessing what will happen next. This is a good story, well-told, that you have to see all the way to the end. Angelina Jolie is so perfect here,and Ethan Hawke terrifying! A must-see for people who want to watch a truly scary movie with a knock-out ending. Very satisfying mystery, if you are up to it!

1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Potentially Good Film Ruined By A Lousy Ending!
Jana L. Perskie | New York, NY USA | 10/04/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

""Taking Lives" stars Angelina Jolie as FBI profiler Illeana Scott who is assigned to Montreal, and the case of a particularly vicious serial murderer. The killer has been taking lives for 20 years, since his teens, assuming his victims' identities with each crime. There's a line in the movie to the effect that he's "like a hermit crab - when he grows out of his shell, (home), he moves on." OK! So it's not brilliant dialogue, but until we reach the film's halfway mark it is forgivable. After the 1st hour, or so, this scary, chiller-thriller loses its edge in a serious way. The last scenes are really contrived - just not believable by any stretch of the imagination.

Jolie is her usual sexy self as the loner, fast-track agent from Washington, DC. She is welcomed by her old friend and colleague, Captain Hugo Leclair, (Tchécky Karyo), of the Montreal Sûreté, but is resented by macho detective Paquette, (Olivier Martinez), who is handsome in a surly kinda way. Illeana's approach to crime solving is extremely intuitive and unconventional, to say the least - but her unorthodox methods get results, and this case is no different. She quickly comes up with some leads that her Canadian counterparts have missed. Then art gallery owner James Costa, (Ethan Hawke), an actual murder witness, steps in to help the detectives. Costa, who has some artistic talent, is able to sketch the suspect. The hunt picks up speed, and the plot begins to twist, turn and occasionally surprise. I had at least one major scare! There's a decent car chase, a steamy love scene, (super steamy in the Director's Cut), and an unusual take on Illeana's character - all pluses.

The cast is excellent. Ms. Jolie is good here and she develops her character well. If you're an Angelina Jolie fan, you will enjoy her performance. Kiefer Sutherland, Gena Rowlands and Ethan Hawke also bring some bright moments to the screen. I just wonder why all these talented artists agreed to make this film. Director D.J. Caruso made some really wrong turns, which is sad because he had such a great cast to work with, a potentially good plot, and the wonderful scenery of French Canada to assist him toward success.

I was entertained by much of the movie for reasons mentioned above, but the poor resolution soured me on "Taking Lives."
A future "Lifestyle TV for Women movie" ?
M. A Spitzer | Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA | 08/22/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Angelina Jole is an attractive lady, so sexy nude scenes of her are always welcome... BUT...I question why she would be willing to show flesh in a lame movie such as this.

Predictabilty is the first problem with this film.
No question por mystery who the killer is after the first 15 minutes.

Poor acting by Ethan Hawke.

A short cameo by Keifer Sutherland that was not needed and very, very brief.

All in all this looked and felt like a "Made for TV" movie except for the nudity and occasional graphic crime scene shots.
I am sure with some editing you will see this movie on LIFESTYLE: TELEVISION FOR WOMEN because it rapidly drops from being a "find the serial killer" movie into a romantic twist film..... seemed forced and unnatural.

The worst complaint......... THE SOUND MAN FOR THIS MOVIE SHOULD BE SHOT !!!!

I can't remember the last time I had to roller-coaster my volume control up and down non-stop thru the entire movie.
Dialogue scenes could barely be heard and action scenes overloaded the sound system..... I had to watch the movie with the TV volume remote in my hand and readjust volume from scene to scene.

Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 08/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Angelina Jolie is to be commended for taking on so many different kinds of characters from her Oscar winning turn in GIRL INTERRUPTED, to the athletic Lara Croft in those two movies, to this suspenseful, if predictable, serial killer thriller. She plays an FBI agent/profiler called in to help the Montreal police in trapping a serial killer. This particular nasty has been killing for over 20 years, and we find out early in the film who he is when he's a youngster, but what about now? Who has he metamorphosized in to?
Director D. J. Caruso gives us a probable suspect, but it's really a red herring, and the true identity should be detected early on. That doesn't spoil the movie, though; it actually makes you feel like a detective because you figured it out.
Along with Jolie's competent performance, Ethan Hawke does well as artist James Costa; Gena Rowlands gives a good performance as Mrs. Asher; and Kiefer Sutherland, looking a little older and heavier, does a usually good turn as a mysterious neighbor of Hawke's. There's a couple of jump out of your seat scares and overall, despite the predictability, TAKING LIVES is a good entry in the ever growing serial killer genre."