Be Afraid, Very Afraid, of "Suspect Zero" Thriller
- Thursday, August 26, 2004
If it wasn’t so absurd, I might be scared. It is creepy, but when you start to think about it, everything falls apart. We’re supposed to believe that O’Ryan is onto an earth-shattering theory called “suspect zero,” whereby certain criminals don’t want people to know what they are doing, so they try not to leave any clues. I know – no one’s ever thought of that, have they? Stand by, all law enforcement.
Sure, Sir Ben does a decent good job with his hackneyed role, if you like watching him sneer, kill and connect to another universe while tapping his hands like a Parkinson patient on speed. Eckhart is okay, but doesn’t stand out. But Moss’ character? What character? The dialogue (“I want this man apprehended – now!”) is laughable. Like Harry Lennix’s robot-like performance, it all makes you wonder if you’ve tuned into a bad '70s cop show that has somehow been infected with “X-Files” gibberish.
I could analyze the reasons why people like horror movies (catharsis), but frankly, life has enough horrors of its own. Throw in the violence and the gore – with kids, no less! – and I’m ready to walk. I don’t need to plunge myself into the depths of that sickness. And don’t try and tell me that evil can’t be conquered. It has, on the cross, and I refuse to buy into Hollywood’s mental torture routine that denies the reality of a living God and His abundant goodness and grace. Meanwhile, has anybody ever heard of a thing called logic?
In a most telling moment, O’Ryan says to Mackelway, “We saw things that no man should ever see.” You said it, bubba – starting with this film. Fortunately for you, I saw it, so you don’t have to. And trust me, you don’t want to.
- Drugs/Alcohol Content: Character continually pops pills that look like aspirin.
- Language/Profanity: Almost a dozen f—words, a half-dozen milder obscenities and several profanities.
- Sexual Content/Nudity: Drawings of nude, mutilated bodies; rape scene with nude breasts.
- Violence: Multiple shots of dead, bloody and mutilated bodies; multiple implied murders; one rape scene; multiple references to killing, maiming; multiple threats of/discussions about death, killing, and violence, including gore.
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