Keep up the good work! Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends. Someone in the area of Montreal, Quebec, has been murdering men and then stealing their identities—taking their lives, so to speak. Police Director Hugo Leclair knows this is the work of one serial killer, but he and his detectives, Paquette and Duval, can't quite put the pieces together.
Hugo reaches for a past acquaintance, FBI profiler Illeana Scott, to help him solve the case, and it pays off. But everything—and everyone—is not as it first appears. What follows is a taut psychological thriller full of more twists and turns, swoops and surprises than the Space Mountain roller-coaster.
Only in the last five seconds of the movie do viewers finally get the big picture. Illeana displays tenacity, courage and a strong sense of duty, as do all the detectives.
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Illeana has sex with a local art dealer. The scene is explicit, and includes breast nudity, multiple "positions" and lots of "motion. Illeana is observed taking a bath nothing explicit.
F-words are used to reference sexual acts. Rough slang is assigned to sexual anatomy. A young man pushes a friend in front of a speeding truck, which kills him and then crashes spectacularly, killing its occupants. The camera lingers on a bloody body in the wreck. Illeana frequently lingers over gory crime scene photos, even at the dinner table. She also tapes them to the overhead canopy of her hotel bed. A dead body falls from a false ceiling. A detective finds a severed finger with a ring still attached. A decomposing corpse is dug up by a backhoe in a construction site.
The killer smashes in the face of a victim with a large rock. He also cuts off the hands. A pregnant woman is stabbed in the stomach. A man is stabbed in the chest with scissors. The killer garrotes a victim. A doctor jabs a needle into an open wound and then sews it up. A man slaps a woman in the face—hard. Illeana and the shadowy killer wrestle in a basement, and her head is smashed against the wall, allowing the killer to escape. A man smashes through a window and crashes to the sidewalk about six feet below.
Another is shot point-blank in the chest. During a car chase, one vehicle smashes into a parked truck, resulting in a huge fireball. The f-word is used close to 20 times; the s-word nearly 10—once in French. Jesus' name is abused a couple times. Two teenagers drink beer on a bus. One character smokes frequently.
The way he lights his cigarette becomes a clue.
Illeana has wine with a meal. Agent Scott is unorthodox in her methods.
Taking Lives by Michael Pye
One detective resents Illeana because she is a woman. The writer and director of Taking Lives have put together a real thriller that keeps the audience guessing from the beginning to the very end—literally.
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