Untraceable

  • 18
  • Gregory Hoblit (2008)
  • US
  • 96 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

This downbeat comment on internet bloodlust from director Gregory Hoblit (Fallen, Frequency) is a nasty serial-killer thriller for the Saw generation. The premise is an intriguing one: a tech-savvy psycho sets up the killwithme.com website where the more people view, the quicker his victims receive shocking deaths. It's up to FBI cyber crimes agent Jennifer Marsh (played by the ever-reliable Diane Lane) to identify the maniac who's turning inquisitive webheads into snuff movie accomplices. Its Se7en by way of Hostel, with just enough horrifying imagery to ensure that the social issue it raises doesn't tip into exploitative voyeurism. The fact each elaborate murder scenario - including death by acid bath - attracts a morbidly curious audience makes a hard-hitting moral point. But, as plot inconsistencies arise and clues to the killer's identity conveniently fall into place, believability evaporates and clichés begin to pile up, turning Untraceable into something quite unremarkable.

Plot Summary

Horror thriller starring Diane Lane as an FBI agent on the trail of a serial killer who murders his victims live online. The more people who log on to his untraceable web site, the quicker his captives die.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jennifer Marsh
Diane Lane
Detective Eric Box
Billy Burke
Griffin Dowd
Colin Hanks
Owen Reilly
Joseph Cross
Stella Marsh
Mary Beth Hurt
Richard Brooks
Peter Lewis
Tim Wilks
Tyrone Giordano
Annie Haskins
Perla Haney-Jardine
Detective Tom Moy
Daniel Liu

Crew

Director
Gregory Hoblit

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 29 Feb 2008
Certificate 18
Distributor:
Universal
Categories
Drama

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