Mr Brooks

Film, Drama
2 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars
Remove the acidic tone and droll metaphorical layering from ‘American Psycho’ and you’ll end up with something like the infuriatingly mediocre ‘Mr Brooks’, a dark tale about a family man (Kevin Costner) who receives a thrill from murdering people in cold blood at the behest of his demented alter-ego Marshall (William Hurt). There are tiny fragments of interesting ideas nestled among the pseudo-Freudian clutter, most notably Mr Brooks’s amusing paternal despair at the idea that his so-called ‘evil gene’ may have been passed on to his teenage daughter. And Costner laps up the chance to play a sicko, adding a creepy charm to his non-emoting everyman act. But while the film carries some serious heft as a hulking slab of manna from ’90s nostalgist heaven (Demi Moore also stars), this wannabe highbrow horror-thriller is a graceless, unfocused piece of work with a central narrative as tonally schizophrenic and wayward as its lead.

By: David Jenkins



Release details

Release date:
Friday October 12 2007
120 mins

Cast and crew

Bruce A. Evans
Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon
Kevin Costner
Demi Moore
William Hurt
Dane Cook
Marg Helgenberger
Danielle Panabaker
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