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Taking Lives

Taking Lives

4.1 8
Director: D.J. Caruso

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Tchéky Karyo


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A female detective on the trail of a psychotic killer discovers love in a dangerous time in this thriller, based on the novel by Michael Pye. Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie) is a special agent with the FBI who has a reputation for using offbeat methods, but also boasts a strong record as a criminal profiler. Scott is called in by a former Quantico colleague (Tcheky


A female detective on the trail of a psychotic killer discovers love in a dangerous time in this thriller, based on the novel by Michael Pye. Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie) is a special agent with the FBI who has a reputation for using offbeat methods, but also boasts a strong record as a criminal profiler. Scott is called in by a former Quantico colleague (Tcheky Karyo) to assist two Canadian police detectives, Paquette (Olivier Martinez) and Duval (Jean-Hugues Anglade), who are on the trail of a serial killer who has been doing business in and around Montreal for close to two decades. The murderer has a history of assimilating many aspects of the lives of his victims after he kills them, but there's been a witness to his most recent crime. Art gallery owner James Costa (Ethan Hawke) saw the killer during an assault, and now finds himself working as an only marginally willing decoy for Scott. As Scott and Costa follow the killer's trail, they find themselves becoming attracted to one another, which is not necessarily a comfort to Scott as she finds her quarry moving closer and closer. Taking Lives also stars Kiefer Sutherland and Gena Rowlands.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Reminiscent of such intense thrillers as The Silence of the Lambs and Se7en, this stylish nail-biter provides top-billed Angelina Jolie with yet another eccentric role to add to her impressive gallery of colorful characters. She plays Illeana Scott, a humorless FBI profiler with nearly preternatural abilities. Working with French-Canadian detectives (Tcheky Karyo and Olivier Martinez) investigating a bizarre murder in Montreal, Scott uncovers evidence suggesting the culprit is a serial killer who adopts the identities of his victims. Her best lead is a young man (Ethan Hawke) who claims to have witnessed the murder and now fears he’s targeted for death. The cat-and-mouse aspect of this blood-chilling film is extremely well handled by director D. J. Caruso (The Salton Sea), who relies on his actors to carry the script over several bumpy patches. There is, per usual, a strong “red herring” character and a Big Twist, but in other respects Caruso’s film avoids cliché. Like many movies of its type, Taking Lives won’t stand up under careful scrutiny or post-screening analysis, but it’s extremely well acted by a superb cast and maintains an eerie atmosphere throughout.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angelina Jolie Illeana Scott
Ethan Hawke James Costa
Tchéky Karyo Leclair
Olivier Martinez Paquette
Gena Rowlands Mrs. Asher
Jean-Hugues Anglade Duval
Kiefer Sutherland Hart
Paul Dano Young Asher
Justin Chatwin Matt Soulsby
André Lacoste cashier
Billy Two Rivers car salesman
Richard Lemire Québec city cop
Julien Poulin Québec city inspector
Marie-Josée Croze medical examiner
Christian Tessier interrogation officer
Brigitte Bedard French reporter
Dominique Briand bartender
Alex Sol hotel manager
Shawn Roberts desk clerk
Martin Brisebois Henri Bisonette
Gabriel Charland-Gagné victim #1
Nathalie Matteu victim #2
Hugh Probyn victim #3
Henry Pardo officer Mann
Fabiano Amato waiter
Anne Marineau woman in gallery
Eugenio "Kiko" Osorio Sandra & The Latin Groove
Jesus Alejandro Nino Sandra & The Latin Groove
Lisandro Martinez Sandra & The Latin Groove
Sandra Campanelli Sandra & The Latin Groove
Emmanuel Bilodeau doctor
Vince Grant Illeana's hotel manager
Freddy Bessa Detective Roch
Andy Bradshaw officer Darabont
Steven Wallace Lowe man a Moncton street
Marcel Jeannin train man
Brett Watson Clive Morin
David Eisner committee head
Lois Dellar postal clerk
Paul Chatwin Soulsby, Justin
Art Bedard Actor
Michael Riesman Conductor

Technical Credits
D.J. Caruso Director
Kenny Alexander Stunts
Deborah Aquila Casting
Patrice Bengle Set Decoration/Design
Alain Bérard Stunts
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Jacques Bernier Camera Operator
Alan C. Blomquist Co-producer
Jon Bokenkamp Original Story,Screenwriter
Gaspar Brabant Special Effects
Eric Bryson Stunts
Richard L. Bucher Stunts
Serge Bureau Art Director
Stephane Byl Stunts
Mark Canton Producer
Annie Carignan Stunts
Gillian Chandler Makeup
George Chartrand Special Effects
Albert Cho Asst. Director
Mike Chute Stunts
Suzanne Cloutier Set Decoration/Design
Anne V. Coates Editor
Pierre Cote Special Effects
Stephane Dalpe Special Effects
Louis Dandonneau Set Decoration/Design
Yann Delpuech Sound Editor
Anna DeRoy Co-producer
Marc Desourdy Stunts
Marie-Sylvie Deveau Costumes/Costume Designer
David Deyman Executive Producer
Francois Dion Special Effects
Francois Dore Consultant/advisor
Sylvaine Dufaux Camera Operator
Debbie Evans Stunts
Greg Fitzpatrick Stunts
Jean Frenette Stunts
Anne Galea Set Decoration/Design
Ben Gauthier Stunts
Francois Gauthier Stunts
Jere Gillis Stunts
Renato Di Giuseppe Camera Operator
Corry Glass Stunts
Tom Glass Stunts
Philip Glass Score Composer
Norman Gobeille Special Effects
Dana Goldberg Executive Producer
Bernie Goldmann Producer
Louis Graig Special Effects Supervisor
Erick Hebert Special Effects
Craig Henighan Sound/Sound Designer
David Heyman Executive Producer
Jamie Jones Stunts
Darren King Sound Editor
Pierre L'heureux Set Decoration/Design
Claude La Haye Sound Mixer
Pierre LaForest Special Effects
Claude Lafrance Set Decoration/Design
Shawn P. Lane Stunts
Denise Langelier Makeup
Raymond Larose Set Decoration/Design
Gilbert Larose Stunts
Stéphane Lefebvre Stunts
Karine Lemieux Stunts
Alphonso Maiorana Camera Operator
Dave McKeown Stunts
Tim Merkel Camera Operator
Amir Mokri Cinematographer
Anre Normandin Production Manager
Pacific Title & Art Studio Special Effects
Josette Perrotta Associate Producer
Manny Perry Cinematographer
Alison Reid Stunts
Robert Ressler Consultant/advisor
Normand Robitaille Set Decoration/Design
John Ross Stunts
Norman Roy Consultant/advisor
Mike Runyard Stunts
Paul Rutledge Stunts
Michael Scherer Stunts
Janeen Schreyer Makeup
Joel Shryack Sound Editor
Tom Southwell Production Designer
Erik Stabenau Stunts
Matthew Taylor Stunts
Michel Verdon Special Effects
David J. Webb Asst. Director
Vanessa White Stunts
Tricia Wood Casting
Brent Woolsey Stunts
Danny Wynands Stunts
Dan Yale Sound Editor


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Taking Lives 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really liked this movie, because it was full of suspense all the way through. Angelina is very sexy along with Ethan Hawk. They made a terriffic on-screen duo. I wish Keefer Sutherland was in it alot longer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Taking Lives" is a very good film noir thriller.Sharply directed by D.J. Caruso, well-written by Jon Bokenkamp from Michael Pye's popular book,nicely photographed,and brilliantly edited by Anne V.Coates,the film moves along briskly and works up quite a head of suspense.The performances are excellent, with Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke especially outstanding.It's nice to see Hawke playing a real creep for once.The movie has enough twists and turns to keep you interested thoroughout.Not as good as "Mystic River",but worth watching.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was all i wanted and more. Iw was smart, unsuspecting, scary, thrilling, and one I could watch over and over. This is a must see. This is a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first half of this film is good, but unfortunately it runs out of steam half way through and then resorts to gratuitous sex and violence to try and compensate for a weak script.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a stylish thriller i can not stop watching
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