The government's best and brightest discover there is a killer among them in this intense psychological action-thriller featuring hot screen stars LL Cool J (S.W.A.T., ANY GIVEN SUNDAY) Val Kilmer (ALEXANDER, BATMAN FOREVE... more »R, TOP GUN), and Christian Slater (WINDTALKERS, ALONE IN THE DARK). An elite group of the FBI's most talented young profilers -- agents skilled in reading the minds of the most elusive serial killers -- is being intensively trained on a remote island. But they soon learn that someone who has been taught to capture serial killers has become one ... and there may be no way out alive! Also starring Kathryn Morris (MINORITY REPORT, TV's COLD CASE) and Jonny Lee Miller (DRACULA 2000, MANSFIELD PARK), this riveting thrill ride comes to you from hit-making director Renny Harlin (EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING, CLIFFHANGER, DIE HARD 2)!« less
"This movie is great! It brings to mind elements of films like "Identity" and "And Then There Were None". Throw a group of profilers on an island, add a killer to take them out one by one, and you have a great thriller! I have to admit that I saw the previews and thought that maybe it was all a set up to test them, but after the first death, you know they aren't faking it! If you like last-minute plot twists, you'll love this movie. Fair warning that the deaths are incredibly graphic sometimes so no eating while watching. It was great to see Val Kilmer and Christian Slater back in action, even if they were in small parts (Kilmer has maybe 10 minutes of screen time)."
dibz78 | nottingham, nottinghamshire United Kingdom | 11/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
A group of FBI wouldbe profilers sent to a remote island for a training exercise. Being killed off one by one. sounds a bit familiar? Not in the slightest!!!
This film isnt like anything you would be expecting, every little detail was thought out before production, the cast was to a T!wasnt too sure if LL Cool J would be able to pull off a role like this, as with my fellow Brit Johnny Lee Miller, but they were great. Slater back on form giving a fantastic performance as we all know he is capable of, Kilmer his usuall quirky greatness, and some fantastic performances from the lesser knowns.
Nothing in the movie is straight forward, you are kept on the edge of your seat from beginning to end trying to guess the outcome, keep trying but i dont think you will manage it as its twists keep going till the end!
BEWARE OF THE PUPPET MASTER!!!!!!!!!"
A Really Great Thriller Movie...
dibz78 | 01/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Talk about a mind boggling film... this is it. Mindhunters definitely touches the meaning of a true thriller movie. The anticipation you get right from the first second to the last is just great. The plot was very well told with no boring lags in between. Fast paced but not too fast. It really throws you off. If you're one of those people who enjoy thriller movies and having your mind just blown away then this is the film for you. I definitely give it a 5 out of 5. Magnificent job by the actors as well. Absolutely brilliant and a great recommended way to waste time."
B-Movie Direct-to-DVD Winner! See also - Manhunter!,
"If not taken seriously as if you are going to be viewing the next "Silence of the Lambs" with the same sort of buzz surrounding something like "Scream 3", this is easily the most acceptable `Hollywoodized' reality TV show scenario you will likely get - FBI agents specializing in profiling are sent to a military island as a group to engage a mock serial killer at large, obviously goes wrong - thus the plot, with some very neat twists and tricks, does not burn your brain or too many bridges before the all too evident anti-climax. "Mindhunters" can easily just leave the equally interesting but ultimately awful "Identity" to go pound on sand while at the same time just grinning from ear to ear having suckered you into believing `intelligence' might emerge in the screenwriting, this is just one big bag of eventual hot air that at least floats us for some time, you would do well to see "Mindhunter" as it is the next best thing, to the next best things, out on shelf about now, I added it to my collection because I am a fan of Val Kilmer in comeback mode and appreciated the fact that LL COOL J is actually getting recognized as an actor who is not like any other rapper trying to grab silver screen fame time, "Deep Blue See", also directed by quite good Renny Harlin, next to "Any Given Sunday", this could be COOL J's best role to date, Christian Slater gives a good turn also as the leader among them, but it is the story and direction that helps move this one from scene to scene at a rapid pace, the story unfolds quick enough to fill its full running time with many interesting moments, but keep in mind that this is more "Scream" than the original Red Dragon book movie of a similar title "Manhunter", and you will do well remembering that maybe adding the latter to your collection should be mandatory before this item that is pop-corn Saturday entertainment that never takes itself too serious, so why should you? Also the payoff is not as cornflakes box free crackerjack card thin as "Identity" meaning that counting on this to please at least a few brains in the room is not as big a problem as that flimsy offering. Solid 4 stars. You will enjoy it - but not be performing back flips across the room because of it.
*As a note, the movie was made in 2003 with a release date for 2004 but had been shifted to 2005 because of distribution hell (the production company went bust and so the film stayed in a vault and changed many hands). It ran early in 2005 as a DVD Region 2 Disc in Europe after several test screenings to make sure the film was still viable."
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 10/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"MINDHUNTERS helmed by action director Renny Harlin is a surprisingly chilling and effective TEN LITTLE INDIANS-style whodunit set on a deserted island in North Carolina, although actually filmed in Finland. A group of FBI profilers are left on this island to do a training exercise involving a staged serial killer named the Puppeteer. It isn't long though before the profilers are being mysteriously killed off by someone on the island. Is it one of them? Some ingenious methods of murder are used and the audience is never really sure who might be doing it. Atmospheric and creepy with a strong cast including LL Cool J as a suspicious detective; Jonny Lee Miller as the heroic Lucas; Kathryn Morris as Sara; Patricia Valesquez as the Latin profiler; and good cameos from Christian Slater and Val Kilmer. The movie got delayed in the Miramax/Disney divorce proceedings, and it's a shame, because it's quite a clever entry in the mystery/serial killer genre."