Suspect Zero (2004) Movie Review

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Suspect Zero (2004)

2004 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime
99 minutes / 1h 39min

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Suspect Zero Plot Synopsis:

When Dallas FBI Agent Thomas Mackelway violates serial killer Raymond Starkey's civil rights during an unorthodox arrest, Starkey goes free and Mackelway is demoted to a remote branch of the agency in Albuquerque. His first day on the job, Mackelway investigates the murder of traveling salesman Harold Speck, which turns out to be the first of three seemingly random killings. Perhaps they are not random at all. The last to die is Mackelway's nemesis, Raymond Starkey. The assignment consumes him, his past mistakes haunt him, and his head throbs constantly as he tries to find the link between the victims that will lead him to their killer while the case becomes increasingly gruesome and patently personal. This does not go unnoticed by his unflappable partner Fran Kulok, who knows of Mackelway's past and the demons that afflict him. Like Mackelway, she becomes drawn into the labyrinth of chilling clues, all of which point to the enigmatic Benjamin O'Ryan. O'Ryan clearly has a connection to the murders, a connection he flaunts. Quite possibly, he may also harbor a sinister link to Mackelway.

Suspect Zero (2004) Review

Suspect Zero (2004) is American psychological crime thriller that was directed by E. Elias Merhige (Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Begotten (1990), Din of Celestial Birds (2006)) who did a decent job. I enjoyed watching Suspect Zero although I heard terrible things about it and was hesitant about watching the movie after I read that the film failed to earn half of its estimated budget of $27 million at the box office. I am happy I watched the movie because it has a lot to offer with a thrilling adventure as the hunt for Suspect Zero progresses.

Suspect Zero revolves around a serial killer who had killed hundred of people in the United States and had been able to get away with his crimes. Suspect Zero starts by introducing us to two individuals in a diner where one person is asking another person questions that makes him feel uncomfortable. The gentleman who felt uncomfortable left the diner only to be found dead later with his eyelids cut off and have a circular symbol with a line through it. FBI Agents Thomas Mackelway (Aaron Eckhart - The Dark Knight (2008), Olympus Has Fallen (2013), Battle Los Angeles (2011), Thank You for Smoking (2005)) and Fran Kulok are assigned to the case. Fran Kulok (Carrie-Anne Moss - The Matrix (1999), Memento (2000), Chocolat (2000), Disturbia (2007)) and Thomas shortly after became aware of Suspect Zero, who is a super serial killer.

Suspect Zero has murdered hundreds of people, but the team might have a lead after finding another body in a beat up car that belongs to a halfway house. Fran and Thomas discovered that Benjamin O’Ryan (Ben Kingsley - Schindler’s List (1993), Shutter Island (2010), Hugo (2011), Gandhi (1982)) was staying at the halfway house for seven years. Benjamin’s room is filled with sketches of the circular design with a cross which is the same that has been found on victims with their eyelids cut off. They also found a ritual book and a Bible with sketches of missing persons in it. One of the other halfway house persons told the officers that the circle is a Zero, not a circle - yay, they have a clue. The movie gets sort of interesting as we learn about O’Ryan’s unique ability and also Thomas’ abilities.

I enjoyed the way the movie progresses and thinks it deserves a solid six for the screenplay, impressive directorial skills, sound, sets, acting, cinematography and for the nonstop adventure. I felt as though I was on the ride with the officers as they tried to catch the killer and I was wrong a few times about who the killer could be. Suspect Zero is not for everyone, but it was my cup of tea that I might see again. It was sad seeing the serial killer abducting innocent little children, taking them into his van and then into the freezer, how cruel but you have to keep in mind that it is a movie. The action scene was not short of anything and was executed perfectly. Suspect Zero did not receive a higher score because it was a screenplay that had been many times before but it had its unique twist to make it stand out from the rest.

  • Suspect Zero Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 4.57
  • IMDB: 5.9
  • MetaCritic: 3.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 1.8

About Suspect Zero 2004

Title: Suspect Zero
Year: 2004
Runtime: 99 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.29/5 stars from 17,829 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 17,829
MPAA Rating: R
Suspect Zero Cast Starring: Ben Kingsley, Carrie-Anne Moss, Keith Campbell, Harry Lennix, Frank Collison, William Mapother, Michael Chapman, Richard Barela, Boots Southerland, Aaron Eckhart, Julian Reyes, Angelina Torres, Marya Beauvais, Kent Kirkpatrick, Kevin Chamberlin, David House, Jenny Cleveland, Buddy Joe Hooker, Daniel Smith, Dorsey Ray, Chloe Russell, Letta E. Gorder, Ellen Blake, Ed Dames, William B. Johnson, Aaron Donahue, Daniel Patrick Moriarty, Kevin Skousen, Curtis Plagge, Cecilia L. Webb
Suspect Zero Writers: Zak Penn, Billy Ray
Suspect Zero Director: E. Elias Merhige
Box Office: $8,570,393
Production: Paramount Pictures
Language: English
Country: UK, Germany, USA