SUSPECT ZERO

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Release Date: August 27, 2004

Starring: Ben Kingsley, Aaron Eckhart and Carrie-Anne Moss

Genre: Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 99 minutes

Address Comments To:

Sherry Lansing, Chairman
Motion Picture Group
Paramount Pictures
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Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
Phone: (323) 956-5000
Website: www.paramount.com

Content:

(Pa, OO, BB, C, Ab, LLL, VV, S, NN, D, M) Mixed pagan worldview with occult, moral, and Christian elements that come to a morally ambiguous resolution and include a positive church scene, an apparent anti-religious statement, and frequent use of the alleged psychic technique of “remote viewing”; 15 obscenities, two strong profanities, and man gets sick into toilet; violence contains some disturbing images and includes implied serial murders of children and adults, images of vigilante justice against serial killers where vigilante has cut off the lids around their eyes and cut symbols into their bodies, attempted rape interrupted, implied mutilation of murder victims, man threatened with knife, police officer disarmed, implied kidnapping of children, sketchy drawings of murder victims, implied hitting of man’s head with rock, FBI agent unties kidnapped child held captive, and some gunplay; attempted rape interrupted; upper female nudity in attempted rape scene; very sketchy drawings of nude murder victims; smoking and man takes aspirin for recurring headaches; and, implied kidnapping of children, vigilante justice and FBI agent takes law into his own hands a couple times.

GENRE: Thriller

Summary:

SUSPECT ZERO is a psychological thriller about a young FBI agent who’s led on the trail of several serial killers by a troubled man who used to work secretly for the FBI’s serial killer department as a psychic. SUSPECT ZERO is a fairly engrossing, if not memorable, thriller that fails to capitalize fully on the positive Christian elements in some of its scenes.

Review:

SUSPECT ZERO is not necessarily a poorly made thriller. It’s just not a highly memorable one, despite some interesting flourishes and an excellent performance by Ben Kingsley as a troubled murder suspect.

The movie opens with Kingsley’s character, Benjamin O’Ryan, tracking down and killing a middle-aged serial killer of children. O’Ryan was part of a top secret FBI team using the alleged psychic ability of remote viewing to hunt serial killers. He’s now going about the country tracking down serial killers while trying to lead a disgraced FBI agent, Doug Mackelway, onto the trail of a particularly clever killer whom O’Ryan calls Suspect Zero. It’s O’Ryan’s theory that there are some serial killers, or suspect zeroes, who have little to no regular pattern, but who move around haphazardly committing their crimes. He believes he’s on the trail of one particularly vicious suspect zero with many victims all across the United States. Mackelway wonders if O’Ryan isn’t a suspect zero himself.

SUSPECT ZERO the movie is a fairly engrossing, if not memorable, thriller that contains some positive Christian content. In one scene, O’Ryan is visibly moved by the worship service at a black church. O’Ryan is troubled, however, by the occult psychic connections he keeps having with serial killers. Furthermore, the only release he seeks for these constant troubled visions is death, not Jesus Christ. This leads to a morally ambiguous ending. The movie also contains some strong obscenities, brief nudity and disturbing images of violence.

SUSPECT ZERO would have been more compelling if it had tried to capitalize on its positive Christian content to create a more redemptive, uplifting, and provocative ending.

In Brief:

A psychological thriller, SUSPECT ZERO opens with a troubled man, Ben O’Ryan, tracking down and killing a middle-aged serial killer of children. O’Ryan was part of a top secret FBI team using the alleged psychic ability of remote viewing to hunt serial killers. He’s now going about the country tracking down serial killers while trying to lead a disgraced FBI agent, Doug Mackelway, onto the trail of a particularly clever killer whom O’Ryan calls Suspect Zero. It’s O’Ryan’s theory that there are some serial killers, or suspect zeroes, who have little to no regular pattern, but who move around haphazardly committing their crimes. Agent Mackelway wonders if O’Ryan isn’t a suspect zero himself.

SUSPECT ZERO is a fairly engrossing, if not memorable, thriller that contains some positive Christian content. In one scene, O’Ryan is visibly moved by the worship service at a black church. O’Ryan is troubled, however, by the occult psychic connections he keeps having with serial killers. Furthermore, the only release he seeks for these constant troubled visions is death, not Jesus Christ. This leads to a morally ambiguous ending. The movie also contains some strong obscenities, brief nudity and disturbing images of violence.