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Untraceable

Untraceable

Gregory Hoblit (2008)

96min
18 Certificate
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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 clich├ęs begin to pile up, turning Untraceable into something quite unremarkable.

Summary

An FBI agent investigates a seemingly untraceable website whose owner films himself committing murder and releases the footage online - and the more people watch, the more violent he becomes. As the agent searches for a connection between the victims, word gets out about the site, leading to a rise in its popularity and the number of increasingly horrific killings. Horror, with Diane Lane and Billy Burke.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Gregory Hoblit
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 29 Feb 2008

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