Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Anamorph (2007) R - 2½ Stars

I was disappointed in this movie as it looked so cool in the coming attractions. Most of it just got so complicated that I lost interest a few times. I liked the concept of the movie about the murderer leaving his artistic mark almost as a jigsaw puzzle that you really had to study well in order to move to the next piece. The definition of Anamorphic is producing, relating to, or marked by intentional distortion (as by unequal magnification along perpendicular axes) of an image. In this case the murderer has hidden meanings that are revealed by viewing the crime scenes from different perspectives.

Detective Stan Aubray (Willem Dafoe) alleged he had shot to death the man suspected of being the "Uncle Eddie" murderer, in a case he had worked on 5 years ago. Images of the last of Uncle Eddie's victims, still haunt Aubray today and he's become sort of a recluse because of it. But Detective Aubray images are soon awoken as new murders start taking place around New York City.

Believing "Uncle Eddie" had been killed, these new murders are believed to be that of a "copy cat." Aubray tries to avoid working with recently promoted, detective Carl Uffner (Scott Speedman). Uffner is working on his own ideas about each case while he keeps a watchful eye on Aubray's observations giving Uffner new "perspective" eye. But when it becomes personal after the killer takes one of Aubray's only friends, Aubray is determined to once and for all solve this case, even if it means becoming a victim himself.

First Take (IFC), IFC Films
Directors: Henry S. Miller, H.S. Miller
Writers: Henry S. Miller, Tom Phelan, H.S. Miller
Producer: Marissa McMahon
I viewed 10/08

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