DVD Reviews | Oct 25th, 2005
Starring Val Kilmer, LL Cool J, Jonny Lee Miller, Kathryn Morris, Christian Slater, Eion Bailey, Clifton Collins, Jr., Will Kemp, Patricia Velasquez
Written By: Kevin Brodbin, Wayne Kramer
Directed By: Renny Harlin
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I never had any ambition to see this movie but I decided to pop the DVD in to review on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The movie is kind of entertaining, but I found myself laughing at a lot of it. That really wasn’t the idea that the filmmakers had though. Maybe you’ll like this movie but I found it to be very bad.
Mindhunters opens up with two FBI profilers staking out a house and trying to find a serial killer (Christian Slater, Eion Bailey). You see them get shot while searching a house but it was all just practice so they didn’t get killed. They get reamed out by their instructor, a crazy agent guy called Harris (Val Kilmer). Harris leads a small profiling FBI group called Mindhunters, and he gets 7 FBI agents to take part in a weekend exercise that goes horribly wrong. The group realizes that there’s a killer among them, and each of them try to find out who did the murders before they might be killed. Members of the group get murdered one by one until it’s down to two people and the truth is finally revealed. But I was bored with the movie to even care who did it at that point. So Carrot Top could be the killer for all I know. That shifty red-headed bastard!
Mindhunters was entertaining but I thought the movie could have been a lot better. I just found myself laughing at the deaths and acting way too much. There’s some decent actors in the film, I just think their acting was very weak. Christian Slater and Val Kilmer are the most notable actors in the movie and honestly, they weren’t that great for the time they were in the film. Christian Slater was just in the movie to show off his hairy ass. BLECH! I’m gonna talk some SPOILERS right now so turn back now if you actually want to see this movie. Every death in the movie (and there’s a lot!) were very funny to me, especially Christian Slater’s character’s death. He seems to be getting really funny deaths in films lately like in this and Windtalkers. This death tops Windtalkers because he just got beheaded in that. This film, there’s some complicated device that triggers off some Nitrogen containers and they explode onto his legs. His legs start to freeze up and his body breaks into two, thus making me almost pee myself with laughter. I don’t know if that is possible but I found it amusing.
The movie did a good job with having the viewer try to figure out who was behind it all because at one point you think each person was involved. I kept thinking LL Cool J was the bad guy or he was the first one to die. For some reason, he always survived the movies he’s in, I honestly can’t remember if he did or not in this one. I turned the movie off like 10 minutes left because I just didn’t care anymore. Last I remember he got injured or was dead, I don’t know. Whatever. I think the film could have been really cool since it was a good idea. A bunch of top agents together on a deserted island, and have one of them be the killer is intriguing. This film just sucked and wasn’t really good, but I was entertained a little bit. I didn’t bother watching any extras because I didn’t even finish the movie. If this sounds like something you might like, I would rent this movie or watch it if and when it comes on TV.
Commentary with Director Renny Harlin
A Director’s Walk Through Crimetown
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: I liked when Christian Slater shattered into millions of pieces.
Running Time: 106 minutes