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good guy Yes, for a reason, the first word in almost every title Ray LiottaLast week passed; any actor who could have his own counterparts in the Martin Scorsese classic, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, deserves recognition. However, in addition to being good at the tough guy image, he also has a vulnerable side and a comedy character. As a result, his roster of memorable performances is impressive.

His first supporting role in a film was nominated for a Golden Globe wild stuff; he embodied the ghost of shoeless Joe Jackson Dream Harbor; he flew out like a deranged cop Illegal immigration; he ate his own brain Hannibal; he appeared in two Muppets movies (puppet from space and most wanted puppet); he played a pivotal role as Ryan Reynolds’ partner smoking ace; he and Seth Rogen duel on Queen’s tune observe and report; he voiced the protagonist in one of the most famous video games of all time, Grand Theft Auto: Vice Cityto name a few.

But the Ray Liotta movie I find myself missing the most is from 2003 identity, in which he plays one of several people who get trapped in a desolate Nevada motel due to heavy rain, only to be picked up one by one by an unknown killer.It’s essentially a modern retelling of Agatha Christie’s influential 1939 detective novel then no (A character is directly referenced in the film) Until the turn of the earthquake re-contextualizes everything.

Identity 2003 thriller

Guests included limousine driver Ed (John Cusack), Correctional Officer Rhodes (Liotta) and his prisoner transport Robert Maine (Jack Busey, starship cavalry), sex workers Paris (Amanda Peet, The X-Files: I Want to Believe), diva actress Caroline (Rebecca de Monet, risky business), young newlyweds Lou (William Lee Scott, The Butterfly Effect) and Ginny (Clea Duvall, College), parents George (John C. McKinley, scrub) and Alice (Laila Kenzier, crazy for You) and young son Timmy (Brett Lohr) and motel manager Larry (John Hawkes, winter bones).

A plethora of characters are handled deftly, each easily defined by their quirks with astute editing (courtesy of the Oscar winner) David Brenner) to flash back to the trajectories they intersect. As the mystery unfolds, the B-story involves the informal trial of death row inmate Malcolm Rivers (Pruitt Taylor Vince, Constantine), and Alfred Molina (spiderman 2) as his psychiatrist and holmes osborne (Donnie Darko) as a judge.

identity It’s a very fast thrilling trip fuzzy area– Over the course of 90 minutes, engage in similar conspiracies while increasing tension. The rug is pulled from below the audience multiple times, most notably with a clever third act twist that may surprise M. Night Shyamalan and again with a shocking button before the credits roll. Like any good mystery, clues are hidden in plain sight, making repeated viewing rewarding.

James Mangold (Logan, Ford v Ferrari) is a somewhat unexpected director choice identity In 2003, starred in a series of highly acclaimed TV series girl, interrupted and Kate and Leopold, but he did so with gusto. Despite being contained in one location, the visuals are never boring.Working with a Director of Photography Felton Papa Mitchell (In pursuit of happiness, Ford v. Ferrari), Mangold gave this glossy photo a neo-noir vibe, with shadowy photography and a steady stream of rain.

Identity 2003 Ray Liotta

Equally surprising is that the tight script is made by Michael Cooneyhis only early work was writing and directing the 1997 Killer Yeti cult classic Jack Frost. He uses his genre background to infuse a psychological thriller with a horror movie mentality. As Cusack pointed out in making the feature, “In a lot of movies, you have to do what the characters inspire the plot. In a sense, it’s the actors who are like these elegant chess pieces. The writers and directors are weaving These different stories.”

From screen veterans to character actors, this quirky ensemble complements each other. Cusack shines as a flawed hero. Liotta, reunited with Mangold after 1997 collaboration police land, which provides layered performance. Pitt embodies independent women who reject abuse. The glasses-wearing McKinley didn’t play well. Busy is effortlessly annoying. Vince in Mangold’s debut in 1995 Heavychilling but sympathetic.

Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks) was originally hired to compose the soundtrack, but was later Alan Silvestri. Silvestri scored significantly better than he back to the future, avengersand Forrest Gump, but it was enough to match the tone of the film. The soundtrack also makes good use of Foo Fighters’ “All My Life” and Bob Dylan’s “I Want You.”

The film was shot in the Los Angeles area and had a budget of $28 million. identity It was No. 1 at the box office on April 25, 2003, grossing over $16 million at the box office and grossing over $90 million worldwide. It received mixed but generally positive reviews, with a 63% on Rotten Tomatoes. While I can understand why it might unravel with some people’s twists, I think it’s a near-perfect thriller because it deftly subverts expectations at every turn, without a single dull moment. It’s currently streaming on Netflix.

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