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The Watcher
The Watcher
Actors: James Spader, Keanu Reeves, Marisa Tomei, Ernie Hudson, Chris Ellis
Director: Joe Charbanic
Genres: Mystery & Suspense
R     2003     1hr 37min

Keanu Reeves turns up the heat as a stone cold serial killer playing a sadistic game of cat and mouse with a burnt-out FBI agent (James Spader). This action-packed thriller zooms along against a wild backdrop of twisted st...  more »

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Actors: James Spader, Keanu Reeves, Marisa Tomei, Ernie Hudson, Chris Ellis
Director: Joe Charbanic
Creators: Brian Benson, Christopher Eberts, Clark Peterson, David Elliot, Clay Ayers, Darcy Meyers
Genres: Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/02/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2000
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 12/14/2022...
A bit of a let down and did not show Keanu Reeves greatness with certain movies! Skip it!
Reviewed on 8/21/2011...
great cast and a story with a good twist. Worth watching
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sarah F. (keanupattinson) from INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Reviewed on 7/8/2009...
I really liked Keanu Reeves in this movie, who wouldn't like Keanu as a serial killer?
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Liz F. (monkeygirl) from INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Reviewed on 6/4/2009...
Loved everything about this movie. Actors. Music. Plot.
It is a great little thriller for such wonderful cast!
Keanu Reeves and James Spader work well together!
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

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."