Conclusion: If you're into flicks about killers, there may be some parts of 'Taking Lives' that you'll find intriguing...they're just smothered by the parts that are a flat out predictable bore and lack both originality and suspense. The video is average, the audio is very well done, while the supplement package is a bit self congratulatory and lacking in any real depth. You can skip this one.
Conclusion: Despite Caruso's best efforts, Taking Lives falls far short of the bar set by Se7en . A superficial spiritual successor perhaps, but one that lacks the originality, compelling storyline, and engaging characters of Fincher's classic. The Blu-ray edition isn't anything to get excited about either. Even though it boasts a commendable TrueHD audio track, its hit-or-miss video transfer and anemic supplemental material are disappointing to say the least.
Excerpt: Taking Lives should have starred Ashley Judd and probably would have if they’d been able to add a healthy helping of Morgan Freeman and removed one scene of particularly heavy petting. But then that scene was probably only added for Angelina Jolie, who can’t stand to be in an R-rated movie without baring a breast. Obviously she, like us, felt that a year or two was far too long to go without displaying her taut body and pert bosoms.
Excerpt: Seriemördarfilmer har blivit en genre i egen rätt på samma sätt som skräckfilmer. Vissa inslag är återkommande, vilket inte behöver vara fel, om man kan variera dem på ett nytt och spännande vis. Seriemördare på film känns igen på att de är superintelligenta, underförstått: annars skulle ju poliserna ta dem på en gång, och att de har ett mönster som de till slut åker dit på. I ”Taking lives” gäckar en seriemördare polisen i Montreal.