On the Big Board
|Kind of shoddy all around. Demi Moore looks great, though.
|It's refreshing to see Costner in a villianous role, and he handles it quite nicely. A decent thriller overall, if a bit uneven in tone and pacing.
|The Costner-Hurt interplay is very good, and Cook is decent as an eager apprentice, but the Demi Moore subplot is a drain. Botched ending.
Mr. Brooks is a pillar of his community. He's successful in business, generous in donating his money to worthy causes, and has a genuinely wonderful relationship with his wife and daughter. He is not all that he appears, however.
Indeed, Mr. Brooks has a vicious dark side. In fact, that dark side takes on its own persona in the form of a clever, iniquitous alter ego who Mr. Brooks blames for his actions. In his mind, that alter ego is a completely separate personality to the point that it looks nothing like him. This wicked being is an insatiable serial killer, and the only way that Mr. Brooks can ease his mind and conscience.
Problems begin to arise for Mr. Brooks when he is witnessed committing what he had intended to be his final crime. He is blackmailed by the young reporter and at the same time is realizing that a police detective may be hot on his trail. Will Mr. Brooks be able to conceal his long-standing crimes or will he be exposed for the evil that he does?
The casting for Mr. Brooks is brilliant, with Kevin Costner portraying the upstanding Mr. Brooks. As for his alter ego, that role is played by William Hurt, who certainly does menacing well. Demi Moore is the detective who is hot on Mr. Brooks' trail, Marg Helgenberger is his wife and Danielle Panabaker (currently on the television series Shark) is his daughter. We'll forgive the presence of Dane Cook as long as he doesn't try to do any comedy. (Kim Hollis/BOP)