Welcome back to your favorite weekly movie reviews and suggestions. We, Adam and Dan, will be your tour guides in this crazy world of cinematography. So grab yourself a soda and some popcorn and let’s get to Movie-ing.
Adam: It’s just gunna be me today, both on here and at home. The grandparents are taking the kid and the wife is out for a girls night. So that means, after the necessary hour or so of housework, this dad is going to kick back and enjoy a quality flick on the ole’ tele. The question is, where do I start? I’m thinking something lesser known, definitely something with a little bit of “scary” in it because the wife doesn’t like that kind of thing, something thrillery, and definitely something on the obscure side of film. Actually just while talking this out, I had an actor pop in my head that seems a bit obscure and might just do the trick…
And no, I’m not thinking “Sixteen Candles” here… More along the lines of “1408” which I actually liked. Today lets talk about not very well known “Identity”.
Identity came out the year I graduated high school, that’s 2003 for the semi curious type, and I was lucky enough to catch it in theatres because a good friend was the my local theatre manager. In fact, I /we ( a group of friends) got to see a ton of good movies due to this relationship and Identity was one of them. Regardless of actually being a decent movie Identity is one of those films that had a good cast, a workable story line, but for some reason never went anywhere. I’m willing to bet a large percentage of the population has never heard of it and that’s unacceptable. Today we fix that…
Identity stars John Cusack as Ed, Amanda Peet as Paris, Ray Liotta as Rhodes, and Pruitt Taylor Vince as Malcom Rivers. Rivers is actually the key character is this story although we don’t see him a bunch. He’s key because he has been convicted murdering several people in an apartment building and is sentenced to death. His psychiatrist finds Rivers’ journal and believes he has evidence to prove that Rivers might not be a homicidal maniac and has a curable insanity. Therefor, they should stay his execution which is to take place in the next few hours. So while the judge, psychiatrist, attorneys, detective, etc meet in the wee hours of the stormy morning they still have to await Rivers to join them.
While this is taking place, a torrential rainstorm is happening in the Nevada desert. And because of that and other oddities, a series of chain reaction events is set in place which results in 10 strangers needing to stay at an out of the way motel managed by a guy named Larry Washington. These 10 people: limo driver Ed, and his client Caroline, a young by named Timmy, his stepfather George, and his mother Alice, call girl Paris, newlyweds Lou and Ginny, and finally a Police Officer named Rhodes with a prison inmate are all stuck due to flooding in basically all directions. The phones are out for the same reason and one of the people, Timmy’s mom, was injured when she was struck by a car on the side of the road. If the situation wasn’t bad enough, the inmate escapes custody and people start dying. The killer, is leaving a calling card of a motel key in or around their victims and its up to the group to figure out what is going on. The group bands together under Officer Rhodes and Ed’s direction to form a plan. During the plan discussions, some half-cocked theories get thrown out by some of the scared tenants. It’s at that time that the group realizes that they aren’t exactly complete strangers…. The remaining groups time is running out to discover who the murderer is and discover why he or she has chosen to kill them. Whether they know this or not, their actions, and consequently whether or not if they can subdue the killer ultimately determines Malcom Rivers’ fate in a plot twist.
This movie is different, and as a younger lad I appreciated that. I still do actually. One line, from a poem, that’s repeated 2 or 3 times in this movie stuck with me because it kind of opened my young innocent eyes into the world of mental illness.
That’s it for Identity, I hope you all get a chance to watch it or another obscure thriller film.
4.1 / 5 AG Stars
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Local theatres continue to be closed… so we only have suggestions for DVD rental or purchase online. BUUUUUUUTTTTT, my local Family Video is open for business. So Go support your local video rental stores, they are fantastic. Next stop on this getting back to normal train is sitting in a dark room with complete strangers and watching some movies.