VIDEO: Suspect Zero (2004)

In case you ever wanted to know what Se7en was like as a dull paranormal thriller with Harvey Dent as an FBI agent, Gandhi as a telepathic serial killer, and no intelligence whatsoever, just check out this review of Suspect Zero!

[Note from the reviewer: I noticed while editing that O’Ryan did not actually kill the police officer. My mistake.]
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  • StevePotter

    What a disappointment this movie was!

  • Cristiona

    Ben Kingsley being in this is easy to explain: the man will accept just about any role, it seems. He’s a workhorse.

    As for the upsidedown part… I can only assume that the director heard that Dutch angles were artistic, so he figured completely flipping the view would be extra artistic!

    It’s nice to see Frank Collison, though. One of my favorite, “Hey, it’s that guy!” actors.

    • Concerned

      I generally like Ben (Sir Ben?) but I feel sometimes he’s just copying Michael Caine’s approach but more in a grander scale; appearing in SO MANY good and bad movies. I expect him to appear in that sequel to Manos now.

      • FullofQuestions1

        I just found out that he was in Bloodrayne, and I don’t know what possessed him to do that. Why don’t more actors blacklist Uwe Boll?!

        Concerned-Yes, Ben Kingsley has an OBE.

        As for the upside down camera, E. Elias Merhige (I understand he’s made a couple of cult films) says that it’s supposed to signify that we’re seeing the world from the perspective of a person who sees the world differently…or something. He uses it several times (along with the occasional Dutch Angle), and it never conveys what he intended.

        • StevePotter

          Ben Kingsley wanted to be in Bloodrayne because he thought it would be cool to be play a vampire.

          • FullofQuestions1

            Is that so? In that case, we should all just be grateful that he wasn’t involved in Twilight…I just had an image of him with Kristen Stewart. Not pretty.

          • Cristiona

            He sounds like he’d be an awesome dude to have a beer with.  When you sign on to an Owe Boll movie because you “want to be a vampire”, you can’t possibly have a pretentious bone in your body.

          • Concerned

             He seems fun to talk to on talk show interviews about the stuff he’s done…

  • Guest

    Look, I realize not everyone can afford a professional setup, but I watched all your videos so far and I swear to god your audio problems are getting worse. Can you please equalize the movie and your voiceover, so that I don’t have to turn the volume all the way down to listen to this?

    But I would say that in this one, I could almost follow the plot of the movie, so at least that’s an improvement from your other videos.

    • FullofQuestions1

      I’m experimenting with Any Video Converter and Windows Movie Maker to try and get sound balanced- WMM only has one sound setting per project, so I have to make a separate projects for voiceovers and non-voiceovers. Any ideas? I’m playing around with various settings.

      • Cristiona

        The audio’s certainly harsh, yeah.  Your live audio really pops.  It’s mitigated because you don’t do much screaming or yelling, but percussive sounds are still spiking your levels.  The VO audio levels are completely bonkers with the movie being way to low compared to everything else.  Your VO is softer, but not inaudible (unlike the movie itself).

        Are you just using the camera’s own mic for recording the live parts?  That’s probably why it sounds so harsh.  I’m not sure what a good budget fix would be, except perhaps some kind of muffle for the mic.

        I’m really enjoying your reviews, so I hope that the audio will improve.

        • FullofQuestions1

          I’m saving up for better equipment, but I get paid very little at my current job and don’t like asking my parents for money. The movie being quiet, as I’ve discovered is a ripping software issue, and I think I’ve finally worked out the balance where it’s loud enough and does not yet start to echo.

          I’ve also been messing around in Audacity and may be able to fix some of the audio problems.

          • Concerned

            Dependent on price, we COULD all try and help donate something to reach that goal. I’m not saying something like a pledge drive or anything (how would that work?) but that may help your quandary somewhat. Besides, didn’t the Joker say that if you do something good, never do it for free?

          • FYI, “Concerned” is the same guy posting as “goblinsoldier” in this thread: http://www.agonybooth.com/video419_Fifth_Element_1997_Bruce_Willis_Milla_Jovovich.aspx#comment-499597860

            I have no idea what he’s trying to accomplish by acting semi-normal here and having a psychotic break over there, but I would recommend just ignoring him.

          • Cristiona

            Oh, that’s perfectly understandable.  Better equipment always helps, but I’m not about to suggest you drop a huge pile of cash on a hobby.  Playing with the Audacity levels it fine.  And while you’re echo-y, it not so gawdawful that I can’t listen or anything.

  • MephLord

    It probably was a Se7en copycat, and I agree there was less suspense than in an average CSI episode, but Carrie-Anne Moss to me, was the actress and her character I liked the most.  I wanted to see this movie before you reviewed it, and sadly you were mostly correct.  The script could’ve given us more red herrings, that would’ve made it marginally better, since it’s only at the end where Tom stated “You could be wrong”

  • FullofQuestions1

    Good news- I think I just worked out the kinks with my audio for the next video!

    Sorry, probably shouldn’t post it now, but I’m just really happy.

    • MephLord

      When is the next video?  I liked this review, and it’s so weird seeing Harvey Dent in a movie where he is playing a conflicted character with mental issues and yet not being Two-Face.

      • FullofQuestions1

        The review of “Holes” will be in a couple of weeks with a couple of days give or take (I say give or take because of outside conflicts- studying for tests takes precedence over editing in my book).

  • Jeff Bradford

    I actually liked this movie…

    • FullofQuestions1

      No crime in that. What did you like?

      • Jeff Bradford

        Really I liked the mythology/facts behind the whole thing. Not only that but Ben Kingsley puts on one of his best performances (in my honest opinion). I mean yes, the director was a hack, and there were a few things inherently wrong in having the main badguy a nameless guy who kidnaps people. Still, Kingsley’s character makes this entire movie for me. His abilities are very well fleshed out, and the detective chasing him is not perfect in any fashion of the word, but that makes his character better. Eckhart and Moss play a great duo, especially when they’re arguing. The murders are creative, and the fact that he’s killing unknown, unmarked serial killers just adds heroics to his obvious Anti-heroism. 

        All in all, no it’s not something I could watch continuously, but I have had hankerings to watch this movie before. It has scenes that are kind of lame, and the ending left something to be desired. But I would mark it as a winner in my book.

  • Sofie Liv

    Course dystopic settings makes things cooler and worthwhile, even without a strong script…. 

    Yeah, that movie looked kind of dumb.. never ever heard about it before, but nice review regardless 🙂

  • Arcadiassx

    I just got a film for you to review Full, Renee Zeillweger’s  “Case 36”, I was forced to watch it at my first two day so of job training. OooooFha is it bad, sort of a moderned day The Omen.
     Watch for the camera in the school bus scene too. As i was watching i though of you, it might be up your alley.

    • FullofQuestions1

      If you mean Case 39, I’ve heard of it, but I haven’t seen it. I’ll check it out.

  • Pongun

    Oh Full of Questions, hear my answer to your latest divine query — “What can I do to make it up to you, to me, to my brain cells?”  Okay, that’s a paraphrase, but I hope I got the gist right.

    Take that amazing voice of yours, your adorable smile and enjoyably frenetic stylings and make more videos.  I’ve never seen most of the movies you review, but we can discuss them all over dinner tomorrow night.  What say?

    BTW, kosher diets are fine by me. I tried ham once — it was really nothing special. It just tasted like steak that someone had urinated on last week and then dropped in a vial of pure grease. Heh, vile.

  • Gussie Jives

     Ey, mentally unstable Jesus is the hot dog guy from The Happening! 😀