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Release Date: April 25, 2003

Starring: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina, Clea DuVall, Rebecca De Mornay, John C. McGinley, John Hawkes, William Lee Scott, and Jake Busey

Genre: Mystery/Horror

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Eric
Rice IDENTITY is for people
who just don't get enough
violence on TV. Nerve
jangling, shocking and knee
jerking in its intensity (all
in just the first 10 minutes),
viewers may well indeed wonder
how they will last through the
other eighty minutes of the
movie! John Cusack plays a
limo driver who, while
transporting his spoiled,
waning movie star across the
desert on a rainy night,
connects forever with a family
stranded on the side of the
road, when he accidentally
runs over the wife and mother.
Quickly putting the victim
into the limo against the
movie star's protests, he
finds a rundown motel where he
hopes they can find a working
phone and a dry place for the
dying woman. As the story
progresses, several other
guests arrive also stranded by
the flash flooding that is
blocking all roads out of the
place. Meanwhile, viewers
learn of a psychotic killer
being transported this same
night to a hearing on a stay
of execution, IF his
psychiatrist can convince an
impatient Nevada judge that
the criminal is actually
suffering from a multiple
personality disorder and
should be put in a mental
hospital instead of an
electric chair. As it turns
out, unknown to the unlucky
crew at the Motel, they are
all "related" in some way to
the killer and people start
dying in particularly horrible
ways! For its genre, IDENTITY
absolutely delivers the
scares. The movie draws
viewers into the story. It is
unrelenting in its ability to
strain one's nerves. Directed
by James Mangold, who also
directed KATE AND LEOPOLD, it
is as far from a romantic film
as possible! Well cast, with
John Cusack and Ray Liotta in
starring roles, IDENTITY does
some nice twists on "what is
reality, and what is in our
minds." Initially, the movie
seems to be just another,
"strangers-caught-in-a-haunted-motel-are-systematically-killed-by-an-unknown-boogie-man"
B movie. To the director's
credit, he allows the viewer
to settle "comfortably" into
that storyline before twisting
the plot in several different
directions. There is, however,
no real redemptive point to
this movie, which includes
enough blood and gore to
sicken Sam Peckinpah. Please
address your comments to: Amy
Pascal, Chairman Columbia
Pictures John Calley,
Chairman/CEO Sony Pictures
Entertainment 10202 West
Washington Blvd. Culver City,
CA 90232-3195 Phone: (310)
244-4000 Fax: (310)
244-2626 Web Page:
www.spe.sony.com/

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony

Director: James Mangold

Executive Producer:

Producer: Cathy Konrad EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Stuart M. Besser

Writer: Michael Cooney

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Content:

(PaPa, LL, VVV, S, D, M) Pagan worldview; 25 obscenities, mostly strong; very strong, excessive violence includes car wreck, woman hit by car, multiple stabbings, chokings, shootings, car explosions, and gore; sexual content includes allusions to sadomasochism and prostitution; some smoking depicted; and, lying, stealing and cheating.

GENRE: Mystery/Horror

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Summary:

In IDENTITY, ten travelers, caught in a savage rainstorm, are forced to seek refuge in a strange desert hotel where there is a killer, and one by one, they are murdered. With lots of blood and gore and no redemptive elements, moral audiences may choose to ignore IDENTITY.

Review:

IDENTITY is for people who just don't get enough violence on TV. Nerve jangling, shocking and knee jerking in its intensity (all in just the first 10 minutes), viewers may well indeed wonder how they will last through the other eighty minutes of the movie!

John Cusack plays a limo driver who, while transporting his spoiled, waning movie star across the desert on a rainy night, connects forever with a family stranded on the side of the road, when he accidentally runs over the wife and mother. Quickly putting the victim into the limo against the movie star's protests, he finds a rundown motel where he hopes they can find a working phone and a dry place for the dying woman. As the story progresses, several other guests arrive also stranded by the flash flooding that is blocking all roads out of the place.

Meanwhile, viewers learn of a psychotic killer being transported this same night to a hearing on a stay of execution, IF his psychiatrist can convince an impatient Nevada judge that the criminal is actually suffering from a multiple personality disorder and should be put in a mental hospital instead of an electric chair. As it turns out, unknown to the unlucky crew at the Motel, they are all "related" in some way to the killer and people start dying in particularly horrible ways!

For its genre, IDENTITY absolutely delivers the scares. The movie draws viewers into the story. It is unrelenting in its ability to strain one's nerves. Directed by James Mangold, who also directed KATE AND LEOPOLD, it is as far from a romantic film as possible!

Well cast, with John Cusack and Ray Liotta in starring roles, IDENTITY does some nice twists on "what is reality, and what is in our minds." Initially, the movie seems to be just another, "strangers-caught-in-a-haunted-motel-are-systematically-killed-by-an-unknown-boogie-man" B movie. To the director's credit, he allows the viewer to settle "comfortably" into that storyline before twisting the plot in several different directions.

There is, however, no real redemptive point to this movie, which includes enough blood and gore to sicken Sam Peckinpah.

Please address your comments to:

Amy Pascal, Chairman

Columbia Pictures

John Calley, Chairman/CEO

Sony Pictures Entertainment

10202 West Washington Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90232-3195

Phone: (310) 244-4000

Fax: (310) 244-2626

Web Page: www.spe.sony.com/

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