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Taking Lives
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 89 (Oct 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland, Oliver Martinez, Tcheky Karyo, Jean-Hughes Anglade & Gena Rowlands

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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This sexier, scarier 109-minute Unrated Director

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 4318
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
(Rating Reason):

Strong Violence Including Disturbing Images, Language And Some Sexuality.
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/17/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): D.J. Caruso
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A creepy serial killer has been Taking Lives and assuming their identities for nearly two decades, and FBI criminal profiler Illeana Scott (Jolie) has been called into action. Two Canadian officers, Paquette (Martinez) and Duval (Anglade), have a lead...James Costa (Hawke) seems to have witnessed the psycho with his latest victim. It is up to Illeana to get a description of the murderer. But Costa takes helping Scott one step further, serving as a decoy for her while at the same time becoming attracted to the agent. But as Scott and Costa close in on the killer, the killer is closing in on them as well. Based on the novel by Michael Pye. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture exhibits stylized images that are complementary to the storytelling. The picture is sharp, with nicely rendered details, though some scenes have a hazy or slightly

This murder/mystery/suspense/thriller/action film employs a Dolby