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Mr. Brooks (2007)

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Crime, Drama, Thriller |

Mr. Brooks is a American psychological thriller film directed by Bruce A. Evans starring Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, Dane Cook, and William Hurt. It was released on June 1, 2007. The film follows the eponymous character, a celebrated Portland businessman and serial killer (Costner) who is forced to take on a protégé (Cook) after being blackmailed, and has to contend with his bloodthirsty alter ego (Hurt) who convinces him to indulge his “habit”. His life grows even more complicated when a driven police officer (Moore) reopens the investigation into his murders. The film received mixed reviews and grossed $48.1 million against a $20 million budget.

Earl Brooks (Kevin Costner), a wealthy and respected businessman, lives a secret life as a serial murderer known as the “Thumbprint Killer”. For the past two years he has attended 12-step meetings for addicts to curb his “killing addiction”. When Brooks’ id, Marshall, urges him to resume his murderous compulsion, Brooks kills a young couple having sex in their bedroom. As part of his psychopathology, Brooks leaves each victim’s bloody thumbprint on a lampshade. He follows a meticulous modus operandi, including fastidious preparation, cleansing the crime scene, posing the bodies, and even locking doors before departing. Brooks realizes later that the bedroom curtains were open during the murder, the window facing an apartment building.

Brooks’ daughter, Jane, unexpectedly arrives home, having dropped out of college; she wants a job at her father’s company. The same day, a man calling himself “Mister Smith” turns up at Brooks’ office. He lives in the apartment across from the murdered couple and blackmails Brooks with photos he took during the crime. Brooks reluctantly agrees to Smith’s demands to accompany him during a murder, warning Smith that killing can become addictive.

Director: Bruce A. Evans

Writers: Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon

Stars: Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, Dane Cook, William Hurt, Marg Helgenberger, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Danielle Panabaker

Cast:

Kevin CostnerMr. Earl Brooks
Demi MooreDet. Tracy Atwood
Dane CookMr. Smith
William HurtMarshall
Marg HelgenbergerEmma Brooks
Ruben Santiago-HudsonHawkins
Danielle PanabakerJane Brooks
Aisha HindsNancy Hart
Lindsay CrouseCaptain Lister
Jason LewisJesse Vialo
Reiko AylesworthSheila – Jesse’s Lawyer
Matt SchulzeThorton Meeks
Yasmine DelawariSunday
Thunderbird DinwiddieSarah Leaves (as Traci Dinwiddie)
Michael ColeAtwood’s Lawyer
Jim FarnumMaster of Ceremonies
Megan BrownDance Couple (Woman)
Ross FrancisDance Couple (Man)
Kit GwinDetective Carfagno
Marcus HesterDetective Smolny
Jamie McShaneCrime Lab Technician
Laura BaileyFlight Attendant
Jon Paul BurkhartFlight Attendant
Matthew PoseyAA Leader
Brandon Ray OliveSummons Server (as Brandon Olive)
Rosie CafarelliVaughn
Ben GlassER Doctor
Kanin HowellPick-Up Driver
Steve CoulterRoger
Stephen Michael AyersMr. Clifford
Mark ScarboroDetective
Bradley EvansCop (as Bradley Evans)
David GibbonsBox Plant Manager
Jasa AbreoOn Plane Flight Attendant
Rommel SulitJapanese Client
Phillip DeVonaPolice Officer (as Phillip De Vona)
Mike ArmstrongExtra (uncredited)
Dodie BrownPolice Officer (uncredited)
Lizzie BrubakerExtra (uncredited)
Ted FergusonRestaurant Patron (uncredited)
Chuck HalleyBanquet Guest (uncredited)
Michael J. HebertMan reading newspaper (uncredited)
Deborah R. JonesCSI Agent (uncredited)
Gio MarchPolice Officer (uncredited)
James PaulStreet Pedestrian (uncredited)
Colvin RobersonDriver (uncredited)
Michael SieveDetective (uncredited)
Charles SutherlandBanquet Guest (uncredited)
Mary Alfred ThomaBanquet Guest (uncredited)
Van WhiteOfficer Shanks (uncredited)
Steven E. WilliamsMotorist (uncredited)
Cindi WoodsCSI Agent (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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