basic plot is Mr. Brooks has came out of murder retirement after being
urged by Marshall. Soon he murders a couple during love making time
and as a viewer you see the release it gives him. Satisfaction doesn’t
come cheap. He pays for his crime after Marshall points out that the
curtain was left open because the vain couple liked it that way.
after these events a scruffy man named Mr. Smith shows up to Mr. Brooks
place of business. Once he shows Costner the pics Mr. Brooks along with
his illusion mate Marhsall believe that their safe from the cops but
sense Mr. Smith wants something from them… just Mr. Brooks.
Smith (Dane Cook) is an odd duck that wants Mr. Brooks to take him under
his wing. Throughout the film Mr. Brooks teases Mr. Smith scene after
scene until they eventually kill their first victim as a tandom.
Moore shows up as Detective Tracy Atwood. Her character has her own
subplot going on. She’s in the divorce stages of her most current
relationship, a killer known as The Hangman has broke out of prison
but most importantly she has a hunch about Mr. Smith. About two of her
scenes are bizarrely out of place in this film that simply relied on
characters. Demi Moore does a fine job and actually portrays a tough,
vulnerable and believable cop going through a tough time. It’s just
a shame that two of her scenes could have been clipped from this incredibly
absorbing serial killer thriller.
Mr. Brooks avoiding a cop that he admires, dealing with the voice that
pushes him and easily outsmarting his understudy Mr. Smith he has problems
with his loving daughter that may have picked up his traits.
Costner got on board as a producer after reading what he believed to
be a flawless script. I have to say that the script did have its flaws
just because the two strange tone switches that get in the way of the
seriousness of the story. However Kevin Costner has turned in his best
performance since his role in Clint Eastwood’s “A Perfect World”.
He doesn’t ham it up but I assure you he gives the role an undeniably
charismatic charm. Dane Cook gives a strong lending hand a nails what
was truly a complicated performance. He’s a comedian but he left the
theatrics behind and only delivered humor that fit the situation his
character was in. He was a sleazy and sad character. William Hurt
as Marshall is just as menacing as his character in David Cronenberg’s
“A History of Violence” but can’t do any physical damage himself
being that he is strictly a mouthpiece in Mr. Brooks head.
story is original and while a lot went on it was easy to come up with.
I can’t help but wonder why a lot of Demi Moore’s characters divorce
proceedings and television style action sequences with the other serial
killer made it on screen. Still it’s worth talking about because
it sticks out so much in this engrossing serial killer tale. There subtle
plot twists, a couple of kill sequences and great moments between Costner
and each of the characters around him. You’ll see him tortured when
alone praying, hassled by Marshall, he’s the teacher with Mr. Smith
and a loving father to his troubling daughter Jane. This is not the
average thriller. It’s actually well thought out with great performances
by a team that obviously believes in the material. The director Bruce
A. Evans has written much lighter material before this ambitious independently
made production. His only previous directing was one of my child hood
favorite films “Kuffs”. Thank god that he and his co writer Raynold
Gideon contacted Costner about starring in this project. He in turn
got William Hurt involved and also jumped on board as a producer. I
learned all of these details watching the special features that add
up to about 25 minutes altogether. I recommend everyone watch this at
least once. If you share my views you’ll buy it and its not bad on
Rating - ***