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The Bone Collector (1999)
WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.
Lincoln Rhymes (Denzel Washington),is a hotshot forensics investigator and captain of his division within the NYPD. No one can work a crime scene better than he can. He has written dozens of novels and textbooks. He is at the top of his game when tragedy strikes. While investigating the death of a police officer, a piece of roof support breaks away and comes crashing down nearly cutting Lincoln in half. This leaves him paralyzed from the shoulders down and suffering from seizures so severe that he may become a vegetable at any time. Lincoln is a very proud man, but given all of this he has decided that he no longer wants to live... until a serial killer emerges to challenge him.
Enter Officer Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie). She is a patrol officer that wants to work in youth services, and is just biding her time until there is an opening. She is walking her beat when a call comes in about a little boy finding "something". Not knowing what to expect and being the closest officer to the scene, she takes the call. What she finds is a hand sticking out of the ground. She begins to clear the debris and discovers that a prominent New York citizen is the victim. Homicide and forensics specialists descend upon the site. All of them are members of Lincoln's former team. They know that they are dealing with something out of the ordinary and a few officers, without full consent of the new Captain, go visit Lincoln and ask for his help.
Lincoln is a little bitter and doesn't want to deal with it. He has asked his doctor to help him in an assisted suicide so he can live out his remaining days in peace. After thinking about it, he becomes intrigued though. He is very impressed with Officer Donaghy's work and decides to help out. He is technically still an Officer, so they set up a command center in his house. Lincoln has all the latest computer technology and begins working the case. A very angry and reluctant Donaghy becomes his legs for him. He walks her through investigating the crime scene and directs her on how to do it correctly. You can see why he is the best forensics investigator in the country. Lincoln is back to his old self and running a tight ship. They have no idea who the killer is or how he chooses his victims, other than that he picks them up in a cab, kidnaps them, and kills them in bizarre ways.
Okay. Anyone who knows me, knows that I have this "thing" for Denzel Washington and Stevie Wonder. Don't ask. It is therefore safe to say that Denzel can do no wrong with me when it comes to movies. In fact, if I ever find an email address for Denzel, you'll probably see me on the evening news crying for my mama as they lock me up for cyber-stalking. That man makes my toes curl. Even though I'm shamelessly biased when it comes to Denzel, I can honestly say that this was a very good movie. It wasn't great, but it was really good.
The movie has some slows spots, but moves at lightning speed towards the not so surprising ending. Queen Latifah as Lincoln's nurse is refreshing. She plays her part like that of a mother proudly watching her child come out of a shell. Michael Rooker plays a convincing jerk, as Lincoln's co-worker Cheney. Cheney is now the Captain of the division and he is extremely insecure and jealous. Angelina Jolie's portrayal of a very vulnerable yet strong officer, reminds one of Clarice Starling the heroine in "The Silence of the Lambs". Throughout the movie you watch her character grow under the care of Lincoln. Their relationship goes from adversarial to respectful, with a strong hint of attraction.
I highly recommend this film to people who like "Silence of the Lambs" and "Fatal Attraction". While there aren't any similar plot points to "Fatal", it has the same ability to make your heart race and scare you. One of the things I really liked about the film is that even though it's a thriller about a serial killer, you never really see the people being killed. You have to sort of use your imagination. I also enjoyed the humor that was laced throughout the movie. It broke the tension. I liked how we were able to see the characters develop and I liked the ending with Denzel. You'll see what I mean. My chief complaint is that sometimes the thrills weren't delivered and that was annoying.
Diva Rant: why do "folks" insist upon bringing children, loud ass children, to rated "R" films? And why do "folks" insist upon talking on cell phones during the film? I was so through. This grown man "folk" was on the cell talking to his partners sitting eight rows back. Why? What was so important that they couldn't get out of their seats and talk to each other? The movie began and they were still shouting into the phones. THEN the man "folk" covered up the phone and shouted for his friend to pass the phone to the next guy. And why do "folks" completely ignore the signs posted that say "reserved for press"? And why must "folks" talk through the entire film? Then get an attitude when you ask them to be quiet? The Diva almost presented "sistah gurl" with a sock full of quarters to the cranium. I'm serious. I politely asked her to quiet down and she sucked her teeth, rolled her eyes and kept on talking. Sigh, some people's children.
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