Mr. Brooks is 2007's first true psychological thriller, features an all star cast with Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, Dane Cook, and William Hurt.The story follows a man with a murderous alter ego. Moore will play a tough detective whose devotion to her craft catches the attention and respect of the serial killer she is hunting, which leads to a symbiotic relationship.
As a fan of Kevin Costner's I was mostly likely going to like this film regardless but it was a great to see him in such a well-written and acted film. Costner plays Earl Brooks, Portland's man of the year. Earl has it all, a wonderful company, a beautiful wife, a daughter in college and and company but he also harbors a dark secret, he has an addiction to killing. Thanks to his alter-ego that gets him in trouble. The split his of his personality is played out in the film so we the audience can see him, William Hurt plays the other half telling him to do these dirty deeds. I have never seen Hurt as go as he is in this role, I mean he owns the screen each time he appears. Costner is also excellent here in a role much different than anything he has done before. By today's standards Mr. Brooks was filmed on a very limited budget of $20 Mil. but you would never know that by watching this film filled with star power. The film is well written, smart and filled with tension that not only keeps you on the edge of your seat but also is a movie that keeps you thinking. Released in June which is too bad as I think this fantastic piece of cinema could of had a good change at at least being nominated for an Oscar. I highly recommend owning this fantastic film on DVD today. The DVD comes packed with bonus features that include:
Commentary by Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon
Deleted Scenes with optional commentary
The Birth of a Serial Killer:A look at the writing of Mr. Brooks featurette
On the set of Mr. Brooks featurette
Murder on their Minds:Mr. Brooks, Marshall and Mr. Smith featurette
Released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. ***** Out Of *****