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DOWSE Guide to the Movies
by Tony Lee editor of Pigasus Press

The Bone Collector

directed by Phillip Noyce
118 minutes (18)
aspect ratio 2.35:1

Within minutes of the opening credits ending, detective Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington), suffers an accident and is left tetraplegic as a result. Cop Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) discovers evidence of a serial killer, the "bone collector" of the title. Rhyme, an expert on serial killers, is asked to help investigate. Much of the film consists of Rhyme guiding Amelia from his bed via a radio link. The film is based on a novel by Jeffery Deaver, and works, if at all, only on the level of the kind of routine thriller you might read to while away a long journey. All the developments are predictable, and the fact that the protagonist is, inevitably, removed from much of the action (until, even more predictably, the very end) reduces suspense. Washington and Jolie are capable, but there isn't a lot of chemistry between them. Queen Latifah provides some comic relief as Rhyme's nurse Thelma. Director Phillip Noyce made some notable films in his native Australia, such as Newsfront, Heatwave and Dead Calm. However since then he's been adrift in Hollywood, making competent but anonymous stuff like this.

Gary Couzens

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