The Watcher

Starring: James Spader, Marisa Tomei and Keanu Reeves
RRP: £5.99
820 9238
Certificate: 15
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After years of pursuing psychotic killers in Los Angeles, FBI agent Joel Campbell wants out. And now his nemesis, serial killer David Allen Griffin, has tracked him all the way to Chicago just to torment him. Before each murder, Griffin sends Campbell a photograph of his intended victim and dares him to find her before he strikes again. Now, with every tick of the clock, and amidst pulse-pounding action this stone-cold killer turns up the heat...

It's not that The Watcher is a bad movie, it's just that there is nothing new here... nothing that makes you sit up and take notice. James Spader as a cop with a nightmarish past (oh how clichéd) and Keanu Reeves as a very unhinged serial killer (nicely cast against type) could have provided this movie with so much more. Sadly the script never really lets either blossom, so they are left almost characterless. I really couldn't decide which character I actually preferred.

The suspense never really lives up to anything - once we see Griffin follow Campbell to his therapists office it becomes pretty obvious that she is to become a victim. Therefore anyone he captures before that is sure to die.

There is a great police car chase, which sees Griffin blow up a petrol station, and the stunts and special effects in general are fantastic. But sadly they are too good for this movie.

What could have been a really interesting movie ends up being average.

Pete Boomer

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