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Movie Review: Identity

IdentitySeveral years ago I saw the 2003 psychological thriller Identity, and this past weekend I watched it again. Having not seen it for a few years, I completely forgot the film’s twists, which made for an enjoyable viewing experience.

On its face, the film appeared to be a predictable thriller. But as I peeled back its layers, a well-constructed plot, inspired by the Agatha Christie novel, And Then There Were None, presented itself.

The film’s director, James Mangold, best known for Girl, Interrupted and Walk The Line, did an excellent job. Identity moved at a nice clip, had a dark mood and interesting flashback transitions.

While all of the actors turned in solid performances, Ray Liotta stole the show, quickly followed by the always consistent John Cusack. Amanda Peet also did a fine job of injecting her enigmatic character with humor and sarcasm.

If you’re a fan of mysteries and thrillers, Identity is worth your time. It’s an enjoyable film that will keep your interest from start to finish.

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3 thoughts on “Movie Review: Identity

  1. Victor De Leon on said:

    Such a very under rated and well put together thriller with a great ending and incredible performances. I had the dvd but lost it in a move. I’m so happy that Netflix had it available. I put it in my queue a few days ago. Good review, Michael!

  2. Vic, that’s where I watched it. Netflix seems to be adding some good stuff to its streaming library. Two weekends ago I watched another Cusack movie: The Raven.

    • Victor De Leon on said:

      I added The Raven as well! I love Cusack’s films. There is one called The Factory that he did with Jennifer Carpenter I have lined up to watch as well.

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