Excerpt: A blatantly derivative serial killer thriller that proceeds to tick off every single cliché of the genre as the filmmakers proudly show off how many times they've watched "Se7en," "Silence of the Lambs" and "Saw.
Excerpt: As the internet becomes more and more ingratiated into our daily lives, there’s no doubt that both good and bad things will come out of it. Just yesterday, I lost connectivity for a few hours and I felt like I was missing out on something (I wasn’t, but it felt that way). There’s a multitude of information out there, literally at our fingertips and there’s no denying that having that sort of access to information is very handy.
Excerpt: All concept and no substance, Untraceable is unlikeable. Preying on modern day fears of the Internet and rampant technology use, the film does little else than put a few graphic kills on screen to shock. It’s devoid of tension, the thriller stuff has been done before, and some of the things the characters do are well below their pay grade. Diane Lane is on the end of some fairly awful dialogue as an FBI agent tasked with tracking down an Internet killer.
Conclusion: Fans of suspense movies who don't mind just a bit of gross-out imagery and with the ability to let slip by a few laughable moments will probably enjoy Untraceable just enough to have a good time at the movies. The story and the film's visuals are each strong enough to carry the picture. This is fortunate, because although I found the movie to be a good one, I thought the performances of the leads did not quite meet the requirements of the material.
Conclusion: 'Untraceable' is a troubling film. It purports to be a diatribe against the exploitation of violence masquerading as a thriller, but it's pretty exploitative on its own (albeit well made). This Blu-ray is very good, however, with nice video and audio and plenty of extras. I'd give this one a rent if you're a fan of the genre, but ultimately, I found 'Untraceable' to be a hollow experience.
Excerpt: If you knew a brilliant serial killer had somehow caused the power to go out in your car and on your cell phone on the middle of a deserted bridge on a rainy night, what would you do? What you probably would not do is get back in the car when the power is mysteriously restored without at least checking the back seat. This, of course, is exactly what FBI Agent Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane) does in the equal parts inane and disgusting thriller, Untraceable.
Excerpt: Films about serial killers always walk a fine line between using grisly violence to talk about the darker side of human nature, and exploiting bloodshed for entertainment. But it's the rare movie that ends up agreeing with the killer. In Untraceable , Diane Lane plays an investigator in the FBI's "cybercrimes" division, a hardworking single mom who spits out phrases like "back door Trojans" and "floating IPs" with persuasive authority.
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