UNTRACEABLE

It’s a Jungle in There

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Release Date: January 25, 2008

Starring: Diane Lane, Billy Burke, Colin Hanks, Joseph Cross, Mary Beth Hurt, and Perla Haney-Jardine

Genre: Police Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 100 minutes

Address Comments To:

Michael Lynton, Chairman/CEO
Amy Pascal, Chairman - Motion Picture Group
Sony Pictures Entertainment
(Columbia Pictures/TriStar/Screen Gems/Provident)
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
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Content:

(B, PP, LLL, VVV, N, M) Light moral worldview about the hunt for a serial killer who lures Internet visitors to an untraceable website to torture and kill his victims, with a strong positive view of American police and the American FBI; 24 obscenities (including some “f” words), two strong profanities and three light profanities; very strong violence includes people tied up and tortured to death slowly then quickly, man’s chest is cut, bleeding to death, man’s skin burnt by more than 130 hot lamps, man gets an acid bath, villain tortures victims by increasing amounts fueled by Internet visitors to a website, villain tasers victims, suicide shoots himself to death on screen, fighting, cat deliberately stuck to sticky paper trap for mice, and pointblank shooting; no sex scenes but a verbal reference to watching Internet porn; shots of upper male nudity (including some photos) and photos of scantily clad women; no alcohol; no smoking; and, revenge rebuked, kidnapping, stalking.

Summary:

UNTRACEABLE is an effective police thriller about a female FBI agent tracking down a serial killer who uses the Internet to promote his murders. UNTRACEABLE contains very strong violence and plenty of foul language, but it sides with the police tracking down the evil killer.

Review:

UNTRACEABLE is an effective police thriller about a serial killer who uses the Internet to promote his murders.

The movie opens with FBI Agent Jennifer Marsh working the night shift in the Internet crime division in Portland, Oregon. After catching one illegal hacker, she stumbles on a local website titled “Kill with Me?”, where a cat is being tortured to death. The more visitors to the site, the quicker the cat dies. Jennifer discovers that the illegal website is piggybacking on different Internet servers every second or so, making his site literally “untraceable.”

Jennifer tries to convince her boss to make an FBI file on this local villain, but the boss reminds her it’s only a cat. Of course, when the unknown man takes a human victim, all bets are off. A massive hunt to find the killer begins. Eventually, of course, Jennifer herself becomes a target.

UNTRACEABLE contains very strong violence and plenty of foul language. The story is about finding and stopping a serial killer, however, so the movie does have some redemptive, morally uplifting qualities. One of the more interesting is the movie’s criticism of Internet sex and violence. “It’s a jungle in there,” one of the characters says at one point. Indeed it is.

In Brief:

UNTRACEABLE is an effective police thriller about a serial killer who uses the Internet to promote his murders. The movie opens with FBI Agent Jennifer Marsh working the night shift in the Internet crime division in Portland, Oregon. After catching one illegal hacker, she stumbles on a local website titled “Kill with Me?,” where a cat is being tortured to death. The more visitors to the site, the quicker the cat dies. Jennifer discovers that the illegal website is piggybacking on different Internet servers every second, making his site literally “untraceable.” Jennifer tries to convince her boss to make an FBI file on this villain, but the boss reminds her it’s only a cat. When the killer takes a human victim, all bets are off. A massive hunt to find the killer begins. Eventually, of course, Jennifer herself becomes a target.

UNTRACEABLE contains very strong violence and plenty of foul language. The tense, exciting story is about finding and stopping a serial killer, however, so the movie does have some redemptive, morally uplifting qualities. This is one thriller where American police and the American FBI are shown in a positive light.