Mr. Brooks is a highly respected business man…that has a murderous alter-ego.
Mr. Brooks is trying to keep his killer side in check, all while being investigated by a cop and a very persistent blackmailer. The movie is smart, well directed, and Kevin Costner even called it “one of the most perfect scripts he’d ever read.”
For a movie with a fairly mainstream cast (Kevin Costner, Demi Moore), I did not expect much. Oh, how wrong I was! Costner was great as Mr. Brooks, and seeing him in a role so far outside of his usual zone was a treat. Having William Hurt as his serial killer side was equally fantastic and a stroke of genius that helped to propel this beyond the average serial killer flick.
This is one of the best, most suspenseful, and intelligent thrillers to come along in some time. It is depressing how it was handled. The movie was released in theaters, but I never saw a single ad or trailer for it. Even when it came out on DVD, I heard nothing. It wasn’t until a friend of mine told me about it that I heard of it. If it was so hard for me to hear about this movie (Movies are kind of my thing), then what about the average film-goer? How would they have ever heard of this?
The other thing that is baffling to me is right around this same time, the Showtime series “Dexter” was exploding. Why wouldn’t they have tried to market this around that? They certainly would have attracted a good chunk of that audience, seeing as how both productions offer a unique take on serial killers.
Thankfully, through word of mouth, it has developed a cult following over the years. This movie still deserves more, though. I know I can be redundant, but it really bums me out when quality gets swept under the rug like this.