|HORSEMEN (director: Jonas Åkerlund; screenwriter: David Callaham; cinematographer: Eric Broms; editors: Jim May/Todd E. Miller; music: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek; cast: Dennis Quaid (Detective Aidan Breslin), Lou Taylor Pucci (Alex Breslin), Ziyi Zhang (Kristen Spitz), Clifton Collins, Jr (Detective Stingray), Barry Shabaka Henley (Tuck), Patrick Fugit (Corey Kurth), Eric Balfour (Taylor Kurth), Liam James (Sean Breslin), Chelcie Ross (Police Chief Krupa), Paul Dooley (Father Whitefeather), Peter Stormare (David Spitz), Stephen Eric McIntyre (Banksy) ; Runtime: 110; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Michael Bay/Andrew Form/ Brad Fuller; Mandate Pictures (Lionsgate Home Entertainment); 2009)|
|"Cliched police procedural film."
by Dennis Schwartz
The second feature film the
former video-director, the Swedish filmmaker Jonas
Åkerlund ("Spun"/"Small Apartments"),
directed, involves a weakly developed nihilistic dark
serial killer plot. David Callaham wrote the
blood-soaked script for this derivative of Seven
over-the-top torture-horror film. It uses the Book of
Revelation for a point of reference to the crimes. It
involves the tracking down of four brutal murders.
Dennis Quaid stars as the workaholic widowed cop,
raising two boys alone, is the investigator who goes
from one crime scene to another in his investigation.
All the clues are biblical. The sole
suspect is a stark-mad killer named Kristen (Ziyi
Zhang). The key role is badly played by a miscast
cliched police procedural film has many imitators and
is watchable to a point. But the film unravels as it
becomes hysterical and increasingly inane as it crawls
into the third act. That it's mostly crap should come
as little surprise, since the mediocre producer
Michael Bay has his fingerprints all over it. Quaid is
asked to investigate because he wrote a thesis on forensic orthodontistry
and the first vic had his teeth
left on a silver platter in the midst of a frozen
lake. At the crime scene were
written the words ‘Come and
See.’ As far as I know,
that's the Buddha's come on to potential followers.
Other vics emerge strung up in custom-made harnesses,
with fishhooks piercing their backs and the same 'Come
and See' message is written.The cop figures the psycho
killer is attempting to send warnings about biblical
prophesies in regards to the coming of the Four Horsemen of the
The Michael Bay Platinum Dunes production was a box-office and critical fiasco.
REVIEWED ON 1/21/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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