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The Watcher [HD DVD]
The Watcher
Actors: James Spader, Marisa Tomei, Keanu Reeves, Ernie Hudson, Chris Ellis
Genres: Mystery & Suspense
R     2007     1hr 37min

James Spader stars as Joel Campbell, a former detective traumatized by the death of his lover at the hands of a serial killer he'd been hunting--a psychopath who has taken their combative relationship a little too personal...  more »

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Actors: James Spader, Marisa Tomei, Keanu Reeves, Ernie Hudson, Chris Ellis
Genres: Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: HD DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/26/2007
Original Release Date: 09/08/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 09/08/2000
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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Movie Reviews

Keanu and Spader, Perfect together!
Jason Ostrowski | Morristown, NJ USA | 03/07/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"There are two reasons why you should buy this flick, excellent performances from Keanu Reeves and James Spader, and an awesome sound track! The relationship between Keanu and Spader are natural and convincing. I like Keanu in the "Bad Guy" role; he puts his laid-back style into the role and totally sells it. I've read some reviews that knock his performance here, I obviously don't agree! His laid back style is a breath of fresh air from the "off the wall, over energetic, borderline spastic" killers that we usually see in this kind of role. In fact, Keanu's demeanor makes the character even that much more spooky! That being said, I do agree that James Spader is the shinning star here. Spader, as the "burnt out" Cop on the verge of a stroke, is painful to watch (in a good way), Spader makes you feel the pain and stress that his character feels. Marisa Tomei does an ample job at playing her role, the fact that the role she portrays isn't really a factor until the end of the movie, she does the job of keeping the character at the level it was meant to be at. Yes this movie has been done before, a few times in fact, but the combination of Spader and Reeves gives it a new face. For my fellow Home Theater owners, this movie is fun to watch. There is great base and crisp highs; explosions will surely give your subs a workout! My only knock of this movie is the over use of (what is considered by today's standard) hip music. When the scene seems to call for suspenseful music, all of a sudden the rap/rock type of music starts (Stigmata had this same problem), but if you can look (or listen) past that, this is a great flick to watch and own."
All I can say
Victor Drysel | 09/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this movie this don't think that I have been kept in awe from a movie for as long as I was...this movie was wasn't quite as scary as I thought it was going to be, and despite all the bad ratings, I think its still worth going to see. Keanu Reeves does a great job playing the bad guy, something I didn't expect he would be good at. Its been years since I've seen James Spader in anything, and I thought his portrayal was wonderful. Marissa Tomei is a nice addition to the cast also. It wasn't what I would call a "nail biter"...but it was an excellent movie..."
An Interesting Piece of Film
Victor Drysel | TX | 03/03/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The main thing that made me want to see this movie was to see if Keanu Reeves could pull off the whole serial killer thing. I was impressed with his performance. Actually I was impressed with the whole thing. It was done tastefully and well. It was really nice to see James Spader finally in another movie. In my opinion, he's a very under-rated actor. The main plot line follows Spader's character. He's an ex FBI agent that before leaving was heading a major investigation looking for a serial killer named David Allen Griffin. Griffin (Reeves) is fixated on Spader and wants him back in the game. There's a lot of action, and some cool cinematic shots done that made the movie have a really interesting feel. I recommend this one to the people looking for some good entertainment."
Passable thriller; good for Reeves or Spader fans
Danno | NY, NY | 03/22/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

""The Watcher" looks and sounds like a made-for-cable-TV thriller about a stalker/serial killer. I was surprised to learn that it got a theatrical release, which I think accounts for its many poor reviews. This isn't a terrible film by any means. Instead, it's a time killer that fans of either James Spader or Keanu Reeves will probably get a kick out of and there's some lovely location footage of Chicago to boot.

Keanu Reeves plays a serial killer from James Spader's past. He tracks the former FBI agent down and starts killing young women again. This forces Spader to resume his career as an FBI agent; a decision that is fraught with drama because Spader is now burnt-out on police work and is virtually addicted to a variety of prescription drugs. There's nothing spectacularly intriguing or even novel about the film's premise or execution. But if you're a fan of Spader's TV work, you're going to like this one a lot, and it's fun to see Reeves play what is essentially an extended cameo cast against type. Marisa Tomei fans beware - the talented actress is almost totally wasted in a small, thankless role.

Great cinema? Hardly. But as a Spader fan, I enjoyed this one as a rental and think you will too."