A masterpiece that takes you inside the mind of a serial killer... (by aro-2)
It all starts with Dr. Helen Hudson Weaver giving a lecture on serial killers, little knowing that she's about to have an encounter with one. After her lecture is over she visits the restroom, and is attacked by one Daryll Lee Cullum Connick . Flash forward 13 months. We see Hudson yet again, but this time she's confined to her apartment. You see, she's now an agoraphobic, having retired after that fateful day. At the local police precinct detectives M.J. Monahan Hunter and Ruben Goetz Mulroney are tracking a killer of their own, played by William McNamara. He appears to be <more>
mimicing the MO's of various famous serial killers. Hudson hears about this over the radio and calls the precinct with some information. She speaks to Monahan, who thinks it's a crank call. Monahan and Goetz pay a little visit to Hudson's residence, carrying with them photographs of the recent crime scenes. Hudson determines the killer is indeed copying other serial killers. A while later, an unseen visitor breaks into her apartment, leaving the dress she was wearing the day she was attacked by Cullum neatly spread out on her bed. Her home is no longer safe. Monahan and Goetz have dragged her back into the world she tried to leave behind. Now Hudson must help the detectives catch the copycat before she becomes the next victim.Realistic in just about every aspect, Copycat is right up there with Silence of the Lambs. Comparisons to Seven are not unwarrented, but the plot here is more believable. A very good cast, with Weaver giving one of the best perfomances of her career. Hunter and Mulroney are also excellent. The film is provided a very tense and terrifying atmosphere, thanks to director Jon Amiel. It doesn't need to wallow in needless violence and gore, because it has what every great Thriller needs: suspense on an epic scale. The violence is kept to a minimum, but what it contains can be a bit unsettling, if for no other reason than because we get to know how the killer thinks. Along the same lines, Weaver's portrayal of an agoraphobic is perfect. You don't have to imagine what Weaver is feeling when she steps out of her apartment, or what the killer is feeling while he murders his victims. You feel every bit of it, which is why this film succeeds so masterfully.Copycat is that rare film that comes along every other year or so that has the ability to pull you into it. It takes you on a most terrifying journey into the mind of a serial killer and the doctor that understands him. I can't say anything more, except that I love this film. Hitchcock would've been proud.
This is the BEST thriller ever made. I know, everyone will crucify me for saying this, but I was bored by much of "Se7en." I think that "Copycat" is far superior. As for "Silence of the Lambs," comparisons - yes they are similar with one convicted killer aiding people in catching another killer at large , and "Lambs," is naturally amazing it deserved its Oscar , though it is not as scary as "Copycat." For some reason, "Copycat" struck the right chord with me. The small details of the killings are so clever and creepy, and they add <more>
to the atmosphere wonderfully. Sigourney Weaver is in one of the greatest roles of her career though she is always fantastic , as is the remarkable Holly Hunter who also provides some humor . Dermot Mulroney, William McNamara and Harry Connick Jr. round out the fine cast. However, in addition to the powerful female leads, it is the story that drives this movie. I was so hooked by it, and every twist had me on the edge of my seat. It is both terrifying AND well-made. And the score! I can't even begin to say how beautiful and haunting the music is. This is one movie I am very happy to own.
This is an overlooked, intelligent, frightening thriller. It poses a sick, shrewd serial killer against a brilliant psychologist/writer/professor Weaver and an attractive team of cops. Weaver delivers an outstanding performance as the brilliant agorophobic sp.? who has been emotionally devastated by a prior run-in with a serial killer. Offers a clif's notes review of the century's major serial killers, constant tension, crisp writing and outstanding performances. In short, it is a very good, very scary movie, and you should see it it you haven't yet. Personally, I also think <more>
Weaver looks fabulous. Brains and beauty and character. Nice combination.
Silence of The Lambs meets Se7en - and does it well (by ScottyB)
From the opening scene, Sigourney Weaver Helen Hudson gives a stunning performance as a criminal psychologist going on to battle with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Her character is excellently portrayed with all the mood swings, panic attacks and ups and downs of a person fighting depression. She is backed up with another excellent lead character courtesy of Holly Hunter Detective M J Monahan who proves that attractive young actresses really can play a serious part well if they have the talent - a talent Holly Hunter has no problems expressing.The plot is well written and takes you on <more>
the roller-coaster race against time well is IS a suspense movie after all as the homicide department are desperately trying to catch a copycat serial killer before he emulates any more infamous murderers. Attention to detail is impressive in the producing of this movie and the lead actresses are backed up my and excellent supporting cast with Dermot Mulroney providing Hunter with the dashing detective sidekick Ruben Goetz. The viewer is drawn to start thinking along the same lines as the lead characters and twists in the plot ensure that you don't get it all right ahead of the storyline.Highly recommended for a night in. Dim the lights and settle down for almost 2 hours of quality entertainment.
Much under-rated psychological/stalker/serial killer-thriller. (by Elswet)
This movie presents excellent direction, a cleverly-written screenplay and possibly some of the best acting of Sigourney Weaver's career.This is another movie I've watched over and over for the sheer entertainment quality. I highly enjoy its marvelous character development and the tense feeling this whole production generates.Sigourney Weaver portrays a criminologist who specializes in serial homicide. After years of lecture tours on the subject and the serial killers themselves, she is attacked and traumatized so badly that agoraphobia takes a firm grip on her psyche. As time goes <more>
on, the intensity of her condition increases to its worst degree.Now, more than a year later, she comes face to face with her worst nightmare: a new incarnation of Daryll Lee 'Killer' Cullum. Ripped away from everyone she can trust, everyone she has allowed even nominally close to her, she is totally alone and at the mercy of her greatest fear. As her tormentor's plot develops, you will find yourself literally on the edge of your seat.Killer Cullum is portrayed in a startling manner by Harry Connick, Jr. His follower 'Peter Curtain Foley' is convincingly portrayed by William McNamara.While the cinematography of this production was little more than average, the settings and scenery were creatively executed. You never get the feeling that they shot this movie in five rooms that they kept redecorating, as you do in many films of this type. The direction was very well done, and Sigourney Weaver is absolutely convincing as the 'pill-popping, juice-head, hyperventilating, agoraphobic @sshøle.' Inspector M.J. Monahan, played by Holly Hunter This is a great movie, and one of my favorites.It rates an 8.8/10 from...the Fiend :.
Excellent movie, I thought the principals were all terrific and I am surprised that Sigourney didn't get more recognition for her part. A perfect crime drama with some unexpected jumps and twists. The movie opens slowly and leads the viewer to believe this is going to be a standard crime drama. However, the pace and excellent plot twists keep the movie from being a "Copycat" of other less dynamic movies. This is in the same vein as "By the Sea" only I think about 3x better. There is a double entrendre that ends up getting someone killed inside the police station that <more>
is not considered a plot issue, however it leaves the viewer thinking there is more to the incident than what is portrayed. There are many excellent and insightful psychological twists on this movie which kept me interested and excited. Great date movie and just a great movie to buy or rent. One of my new favorites! And I watch a ton of movies!!
One of the best serial killer movies (by MovieAddict2016)
The serial killer genre is one that became popular after "Silence of the Lambs," and since then the only ones that have really stuck out are "Se7en," "Copycat" and "Saw." "Copycat" is about a psychologist who lectures students on serial killers, and one day finds herself to be a victim at one of her speeches. Attacked in the bathroom, she narrowly escapes death and becomes a social recluse in the years that follow -- living through the Internet, anonymously chatting on Internet chat rooms and so on and so forth.Until the terror begins again, <more>
this time involving not only the ex-pschologist Sigourney Weaver but also a cop played by Holly Hunter."Copycat" was much better than I thought it would be. I originally saw it on TBS years ago; I remember the ads claiming it would be on, but for some reason the rights fell through and it didn't air for another month or so... through this time period I hadn't heard anything about the film, but within the very first few minutes I instantly knew it was going to be much better than the standard "Silence" rip-off.I may be alone here and trust me, I know it but I enjoy this more than "Silence of the Lambs," which kind of bores me at times. "Copycat" is dark and unexpectedly intelligent -- it is also perfectly cast. Weaver is fine if unexceptional whereas Hunter's macho-female traits are put into play perfectly by her casting as a cop.The killer in the movie is played by Harry Connick Jr., and even he does a good job, which is saying quite a lot.The movie has unexpected twists and is very clever in its own right. It is undoubtedly influenced heavily by "Silence of the Lambs" but is successful in the way it adds its own qualities to the mix -- much like "Se7en" this is a serial killer movie cashing in on the success of "Silence," but not necessarily stealing its content.Very surprised. Catch it if you can.
"Copycat" is a surprising good serial-killer thriller, that perhaps is not the most original movie around but its definitely one of the better executed ones.The movie is well written, with a solid story, main characters and a couple of nice twists. At the beginning you don't really know what the movie is going about and everything is build up in a good, non-forced or overdone way. In the beginning its still a mystery who's behind the killings and it even is subtly implied that the killers could be one of the cops, or one of the other characters in the movie. The movie <more>
however takes a twist when it fully shows the killer, his preparations and his actions. The movie is at times told completely from the killers point of view. This works surprisingly effective and it doesn't ruin the tension or mystery of the movie, in any way.What makes the movie effective and also in a way distinctive is that the main characters of the movie are two female characters. They are being portrayed by about the two strongest female leading Hollywood ladies of the moment; Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter. They are two strong and independently, different from each other characters that know to carry the movie. The movie also has an excellent supporting cast with Harry Connick Jr. in a disturbing role, Will Patton and the fairly unknown William McNamara as the killer of the movie. The fact that he isn't as well known as an actor perhaps makes his character work out all the better.I have yet to see a Jon Amiel movie that is original on its own. His movies always heavily 'borrow' from other movies in the same genre. He's a real 'copycat' himself you may say. "Copycat" is really no exception to this but it this case it didn't bothered me since the execution of it all was superb and effective.The movie is basically good and tense from start till finish, due to a good pace, interesting well written and developed characters and a good overall build up. The movie perhaps at the end turns into a bit of a formulaic and simple one but it doesn't really downgrade the movie in any way. It all makes this movie one of the better genre movies of the last couple of years. The movie has basically everything in it that is needed to make a good thriller.The movie is good looking with an overall nice visual style, some nice cinematography, nimble editing and a suiting musical score from composer Christopher Young.A simply great genre movie, that deserves some more recognition and that holds up surprising well against other classic genre examples such as "Silence of the Lambs" and "Se7en". 8/10http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/
Pretty Good. A Sleeper Hit With Me. (by BigHardcoreRed)
Copycat is a surprisingly good thriller based on famous serial killers and their styles of murder. It was a typical race against time to stop this copycat serial killer before he gets his next victim. All the while, it leaves you wondering how he is going to be caught. He rarely makes mistakes and is extremely smart.Helen Hudson Sigourney Weaver is an expert on serial killers and their methods. She has written many books on the subject and has lectured at quite a few schools and colleges on the subject. She is eventually recruited by the police for help, due to her extense knowledge in the <more>
field. The problem is, after she was assaulted by a serial killer who was after her for testifying against him, she has become agoraphobic sp? and afraid to venture outside of her house.Detective Monahan Holly Hunter is the lead detective on the latest case of serial killings. She and her partner Reuben Dermot Mulroney are not even sure whether or not the recent killings are a serial killer or random murders. It takes the help of Helen to come to the conclusion they had a copycat killer on their hands, thus the name of the movie. This copycat killer was very specific, copying crime photos down to the tee. It made the movie more interesting.Daryll Lee Cullum Harry Connick Jr. was the serial killer that attacked Helen, which caused her to stay indoors, and eventually copied by the copycat.Upon the first hour, I thought the movie would be more of a "whodunnit" but we are then introduced to the killer and it becomes more of a "How are they ever going to catch this guy?" type of movie.Overall, the cast was excellent. Connick played a convincing serial killer. Weaver was pretty good as the expert, although I was a bit annoyed by her at times. And easily the best part of the movie was Holly Hunter. She was the stand out actress in this movie and it was her girlish charm that made her likable. At 2 hours, I never caught myself looking at the time so that is a good sign for any movie. 7.5/10