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Volume 68, Issue 137, Monday, April 21, 2003

Arts & Entertainment

'Identity' puts a new twist on 'who done it'

By Cheryl Stell
The Daily Cougar

From the casting and performances to the editing, camera angles and lighting, Identity, opening Friday, is a twisted masterpiece that will have your heart pumping. This movie is horrifyingly fantastic and riveting. Identity is written by Michael Cooney, directed by James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted) and produced by Cathy Konrad of the Scream series. Everything about this movie is jolting and phenomenal. 

In the film, a rainstorm suddenly fills an old motel in the middle of the desert with occupants hoping to find shelter from the stormis floodwaters.

They try to call for help, but the stormis fury and the motelis seclusion foil every attempt. At first the guests are at ease, making the best of their misfortunate situations. Until slowly but surely, they find themselves being killed.

Under the direction of Ed (John Cusack), a former cop turned limo driver, the horrified guests huddle together to try to keep safe, but canit seem to stay out of harms way. Accusations grow thick. They know they must identify the killer in order to stay alive. Could it be the convict (Jake Busey) who escaped while being transported, the beautiful and multitalented ex-prostitute (Amanda Peet) or the shifty-eyed motel owner (John Hawkes)?

The characters try to make sense of it all, but the sequence of deaths is impossible to comprehend. Could the killer be superhuman? Is an angry spirit seeking revenge?

Identity is unlike many scary movies with shallow plots and rough-cut endings.


Rated: R

Starring: John Cusack, Ray Liotta

Sony Pictures

The verdict: Get your mind racing with this well-thought plot.
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