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Suspect Zero (2004)

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A mysterious serial killer is hunting other serial killers, and one F.B.I. Agent suspects there may be more to the vigilante than they imagine.

Director:

E. Elias Merhige

Writers:

Zak Penn (story), Zak Penn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Eckhart ... Thomas Mackelway
Ben Kingsley ... Benjamin O'Ryan
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Fran Kulok
Harry Lennix ... Rich Charleton
Kevin Chamberlin ... Harold Speck
Julian Reyes Julian Reyes ... Highway Patrolman
Keith Campbell ... Raymond Starkey
Chloe Russell ... Loretta
Ellen Blake Ellen Blake ... Dolly
William B. Johnson William B. Johnson ... Mel
Jerry Gardner Jerry Gardner ... Sheriff Harry Dylan
Daniel Patrick Moriarty Daniel Patrick Moriarty ... Bud Granger
Curtis Plagge Curtis Plagge ... Jumbo
Nicole DeHuff ... Katie Potter
William Mapother ... Bill Grieves
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Storyline

When Dallas FBI Agent Thomas Mackelway violates serial killer Raymond Starkey's civil rights during an unorthodox arrest, Starkey goes free and Mackelway is demoted to a remote branch of the agency in Albuquerque. His first day on the job, Mackelway investigates the murder of traveling salesman Harold Speck, which turns out to be the first of three seemingly random killings. Perhaps they are not random at all. The last to die is Mackelway's nemesis, Raymond Starkey. The assignment consumes him, his past mistakes haunt him, and his head throbs constantly as he tries to find the link between the victims that will lead him to their killer while the case becomes increasingly gruesome and patently personal. This does not go unnoticed by his unflappable partner Fran Kulok, who knows of Mackelway's past and the demons that afflict him. Like Mackelway, she becomes drawn into the labyrinth of chilling clues, all of which point to the enigmatic Benjamin O'Ryan. O'Ryan clearly has a connection ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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To catch a serial killer, think what he thinks, see what he sees. See more »


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Rated R for violent content, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neitariamasis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,446,375, 29 August 2004

Gross USA:

$8,725,813

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,416,075
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The script came to Carrie-Anne Moss a couple of weeks after she heard about "remote viewing" on The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986). Since this movie is based on this subject, she said that she took it as a sign. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) The agents are trying to pinpoint missing people on a map with locations marked with yellow push-pins. One of the people missing was from Dyersville, Iowa which is strange for 2 reasons: 1. the dot is located in the south-central portion of the state hinting that it may be the capital Des Moines and 2. Dyersville is in the far eastern part of the state while the lead agent points to eastern Nebraska. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Harry Dylan: [about victim] Fella's named Harold Speck, traveling salesman from T or C.
Thomas Mackelway: T or C?
Sheriff Harry Dylan: Truth or Consequences. It's a town, slick.
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Crazy Credits

The opening Paramount logo is brown (to resemble the desert) and the water in the Intermedia logo is black. See more »


Soundtracks

Flirtin' with Disaster
(1979)
Written by David Lawrence Hlubek (as Dave Hlubek), Danny Joe Brown and Banner Harvey Thomas (as Banner H. Thomas)
Performed by Molly Hatchet
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A good idea but poorly done
12 May 2006 | by StanleyStrangeloveSee all my reviews

Aaron Eckhart is terrible as agent Thomas Mackelway on the hunt for a serial killer and Carrie-Anne Moss as another agent is wasted in this uneven film. The premise of the film is interesting but I can't reveal it because it would be considered a spoiler. Poor Ben Kingsley is relegated to acting with his "intense eyes" look for most of the film. Something is really lacking in this film because the idea is good but the execution is not. The direction is okay but there's not much suspense. The ending is very weak. Most of the film is confusing and there are large holes in the plot. Even the locale of New Mexico is wasted. I lived there an a lot more could have been done with it. Weakest of all are the characters who are distant and quite impersonal. I didn't hate the film but was disappointed that it wasn't done better. Blame the writer mostly for weak characterizations.


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