What attracted me to thie 1999 movie are Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. I’ve always thought Denzel Washington a very good actor, and I was curious about a much younger Angelina Jolie. That this movie is based on a novel by Jeffery Deaver works for me because I would never be able to plough through any of his books.
Denzel Washington is fascinating in his role as quadripelegic forensic criminology expert Rhyme Lincoln who has been paralysed to the extent that he has only “one finger, two shoulders and a brain” that are functional. Limited to only using his voice and eyes to communicate (since he can’t move from his neck down), Washington still comes across as being very engaging and his performance is an extraordinary one. He deserves an Oscar for his facial expressions alone. His nurse is Thelma (Queen Latifah), who does a fantastic job in her supporting role. Angelina Jolie is a young cop named Amelia Donaghy who is trying to solve a puzzling homicide case and seeks the help of Rhyme.
This is a mystery/thriller. Since I had been unsuccessful reading any Jeffery Deaver novel, I find this movie quite exciting. For example, the use of haunting and suspenseful music in the background in scenes that are dark – both in terms of physical location (dark, inky places) and atmosphere/situation (torture, killing). The cinematography, design and editing are fine too.