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Identity (2003)

Cast: John Cusack, John Cusack, Ray Liotta, more...
Director: James Mangold, James Mangold
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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Ten strangers are brought together during a weather emergency, only to discover a far greater danger awaits them in this suspense-drama. A sudden rainstorm in a remote desert town strands a disparate variety of people at a rundown motel. A convict sentenced to death, Malcolm Rivers (Pruitt Taylor Vince), is stuck in transit with his lawyer (Alfred Molina). Ginny and Lou (Clea DuVall and William Lee Scott) are a not-especially-happy pair of young marrieds on their honeymoon. Ed (John Cusack) is a bright and resourceful chauffeur working for actress Caroline Suzanne (Rebecca De Mornay). George York (John C. McGinley) is a concerned husband trying to find help for his wife (Leila Kenzle, who was struck by Caroline's limo. Paris (Amanda Peet) is a prostitute who wants to move on to a better life. And Rhodes (Ray Liotta) is a police detective who has in his custody Robert Maine (Jake Busey), a dangerous and deranged criminal. As the rain pours down and motel manager Larry (John Hawkes) tries to care for his customers, one by one the unexpected guests begin losing their lives at the hands of a murderer. As the body count mounts, the stranded travelers struggle to find out who the killer is; however, they also learn each of them has a secret, and that their arrival at the motel has not been a matter of mere chance. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Great rental, but not worth a buy... by rmarkd November 12, 2003 - 10:36 PM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Identity is a great rental that starts off nice and mysterious, then gets more mysterious by the minute. Great atmosphere, great pacing. A big plot twist takes place in the middle of the movie and you're left not knowing what to think. It's a great gimmick that's nicely explained (maybe not fully) and worth renting. The first viewing is a roller coaster ride of twists. The second allows for hindsight perspective. And maybe the third viewing allows for some deeper analysis. But after that, you're left with a story that exists to confuse and payoff at the end.

Well worth seeing, but not a movie I could return to over and over.

Not bad... by magohn October 6, 2003 - 11:33 AM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The movie starts off rather generically and then holes begin to appear in the storyline. However, this IS part of the plot. A rather interesting twist saves the move and gives it a somewhat original flair. Great for a rainy Sunday afternoon.

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