Scary scenes beneath the city streets
This is one of those thrillers that manipulates your insecurities and gives you satisfyingly horrible thrills. Many hands will be covering many eyes!
Lincoln Rhyme (the handsome Denzel Washington), a quadriplegic confined to bed in his home, with a state-of-the-art computer, all accessories and a manoeuvrable hospital bed, is physically and emotionally depleted after four years' incarceration. Enter the gorgeous Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) a female cop who has just prevented interference of a crime scene by stopping a locomotive. Lincoln is impressed with her brains and talent and immediately begins to trust her; she becomes his eyes and ears as he guides her to the next scene of horror, and we realise there is a serial killer on the loose.
The film is one of dark, forbidding situations, of grainy streets and underground venues, where the camera works to further upset our complacency. The music enhances our sense of anxiety as it builds and then falls away, scaring and then holding off but still with that unrelenting sense of things being awash with danger. It's a relief to go back to Lincoln's apartment where the lights are bright and where his nurse (Queen Latifah) has things under control. This actress is a joy on the screen and her character gives out a maternal presence and solid confidence.
It's one of those films where the viewer gets the idea that there's more horror to go through before the denouement, and that it will be eked out bit by bit until the puzzle is solved. - a Hitchcock-type thriller with the two leads more than adequate to hold our interest.
The last few frames almost seem as though from another film, but the writers, Jeffery Deaver and Jeremy Iacone must have thought the viewer deserved some satiety after all that angst.