Mr. Brooks (2007) is an American psychological crime thriller film that is 120 minutes and was filmed in Portland, Oregon, USA, Shreveport, Louisiana, and 400 Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. Director and co-writer Bruce A. Evans (Stand by Me (1986), Starman (1984), Cutthroat Island (1995)) did a phenomenal job executing this fast-paced adventurous movie. Mr. Brooks contains sexual content, nudity, extreme violence, thrills, suspense, sitting on the edge of your seat moments, bad language, intense, bloody murder scenes, gore, psychological horror, frightening and will leave a lasting impression.
Earl Brooks (Kevin Costner - Dances with Wolves (1990), The Untouchables (1987), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Waterworld (1995)) is a successful businessman who is wealthy and has a major secret. He is a serial killer known as the Thumbprint Killer, but no one knows it is him as he was honored as Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in Portland, Oregon. Earl did not murder anyone for the past two years with the help of his twelve-step meetings for addicts that he attends regularly. The killing soon follows after we learn that Earl has not killed for the past two years as he gives into his compulsion and murders a young couple while being intimate in their apartment. His serial killer mark is to leave each of his victims bloody thumbprint on a lampshade.
Earl is one skilled serial killer who preps all his kills, cleans up the crime scene, locks the victim’s door after leaving and burns his clothes. Earl has an alter ego named Marshall (William Hurt) who discovers the window drapes are open, and he was photographed by the neighbor across the street. The neighbor, Mr. Smith (Dane Cook - Dan in Real Life (2007), Planes (2013), My Best Friend’s Girl (2008)) is a mechanical engineer who is not frightened by what he saw. Mr. Smith tries to blackmail Earl by telling him that he will expose what he did if he (Earl) does not take him along on one of his killings because he wants to feel what it’s like to kill. Earl has no choice and reluctantly agrees to Mr. Smith.
Earl’s daughter Jane (Danielle Panabaker - The Flash (2014), Friday the 13th (2009), The Crazies (2010), Time Lapse (2014)) unexpectedly came home from college with unexpected news and baggage. Jane is no ordinary college student as she arrives home to learn the family business and leaves a murder back at college that points to her. Earl soon realizes that his daughter suffers from the need to kill like he does and he feels the need to protect her after the detectives leave their home. Earl did the only thing he could think of, and that is to commit another murder that is similar to the one Jane did. His motive is to try to make the detectives believe that Jane is innocent and attempt to find another killer. The movie progresses to show Mr. Smith and Earl making a deal that does not turn out all too well.
Mr. Brooks was brilliantly wicked, demented in a way that is hard to comprehend, superbly suspenseful with fast paced and believable dialogue. There were twists and turns at almost every corner, and it was emotionally packed with excellent performances. I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a terrific script with believable acting. The action scenes were captured at the right camera angles as well as other scenes. The sets, sound, and cinematography could not have been any better. The entire film crew did an awesome job.
About Mr. Brooks (2007)
Starring: William Hurt, James Paul, Dodie Brown, Demi Moore, Danielle Panabaker, Steve Coulter, Kevin Costner, Ted Ferguson, Marg Helgenberger, Jamie McShane, Matt Schulze, Cindi Woods, Megan Brown, Brandon Ray Olive, Steven E. Williams, Colvin Roberson, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Laura Bailey, Aisha Hinds, Lindsay Crouse, Rosie Cafarelli, Jason Lewis, Reiko Aylesworth, Phillip DeVona, Rommel Sulit, Traci Dinwiddie, Kanin Howell, Michael Cole, Ross Francis, Dane Cook
Director: Bruce A. Evans
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