Crowded serial killer genre yields crooner Connick as southern psychopath stuck on murder. Soon he's in jail, advising the police in their hunt for another serial killer who imitates the murders of other infamous serial killers. Agoraphobic, boozing criminal psychologist Helen Hudson (Weaver), still suffering the after effects of an attack by sicko subject Darryl Lee Cullum (Connick), is enlisted to help detective M.J. Monahan (Hunter) catch the homage specialist. Weaver and Hunter bring sparks to the usually testosterone-laden formula, helping mask the preponderance of serial killer cliches and giant holes in the script. Connick's turn as a nut-job killer won't make you forget Anthony Hopkins, or even Frank Sinatra. Exploitative and imitative, and always faithful to the formula.
Gives Silence of the Lambs a Run for its Money criddic2 at 2009-08-24 03:25:03
Superbly cast and tensely directed thriller that was released the same year as "Seven," another excellent serial killer story. Hunter and Weaver are terrific. Also the last time singer Connick attempted to portray such a dark character, as one of the suspects.