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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Wannabe FBI profilers stalked by serial killer.

Movie R 2005 105 minutes
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As such generic exercises go, this film is seriously average. If profiling was once a mysterious, even respected career choice (at least in the movies, as in Silence of the Lambs), it has long since fallen prey to pop cultural overkill. Its release postponed for a couple of years, Renny Harlin's MINDHUNTERS is at once dated and so preposterous that it hardly matters. (Its unoriginal set-up recalls Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians, but with less British banter and more U.S.-style explosive action.)

As the survivors scramble to solve puzzles before each murder, the film frames repeated dilemmas concerning trust, deceit, and readability: even though the profilers are supposed to be able to read each other, their actual lack of vision stems from their own insecurities. The bodies pile up as any logic seeps away.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 13, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: September 20, 2005
  • Cast: Jonny Lee Miller , Kathryn Morris , LL Cool J
  • Director: Renny Harlin
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Dimension
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 105 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violence/strong graphic images, language and sexual content
  • Last updated: June 7, 2023

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