Faces in the Crowd

2011

Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Romance / Thriller

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Cast

Milla Jovovich as Anna Marchant
Julian McMahon as Sam Kerrest
Sandrine Holt as Nina #6
720p
808.29 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 43 min
P/S 4 / 12

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Nitzan Havoc 7 / 10

Original subject? Well it was for me!

Usually, I look for Horror films to watch (and later review), simply because I'm a huge Horror fan. However, many great Horror films have many Thriller features in them especially the rush and guessing work the audience goes through, then finally the twist towards the end.

Faces in the crowd is an excellent Detective Thriller / Whodunit, using a very original and genius idea. A serial killer is terrorizing the state, and the sole eye witness who has seen him in the act - suffers head trauma and loses the ability to differentiate or remember faces. The careful and very clever cinematography portrayed the condition of "face blindness" in a very relatable way, making the audience almost go through the same experience as the protagonist.

The script was very good in my opinion, some of the lines were truly magnificent(especially those of the deaf Psychiatrist, trying to explain to the face-blind protagonist how to remember faces the same way a deaf person remembers music). The twist towards the end, however, could have been better, and the ending felt rather anticlimactic. That was very unfortunate, as this film had the potential to be one of the best.

All in all, I had a great time watching Faces in the Crowd, one of the best story ideas I've ever seen! Trying to remain objective I rate it 7, but don't miss out on it!

Reviewed by Girish Gowda 6 / 10

If only this was better executed!

Anna Marchant (Milla Jovovich) is primary school teacher who has everything one could need; a loving boyfriend and basically a good life. One day, on her way home she witnesses the murder of a woman. The perpetrator turns out to be the notorious serial killer - "Tearjerk Jack/Killer" who cries over the dead women he has killed. He notices Anna and attacks her. During the scuffle, Anna tips over the railings and falls into the river while hitting her head and suffering a concussion. When she wakes up in the hospital, she can no longer recognize her friends faces. No face looks the same to her twice. She suffers from a real-life medical problem 'face blindness' and can't even recognize her own self in the mirror. The real horrifying part is that the killer is after her as she has seen his face. But Anna cannot defend herself since she has no idea what anybody really look like.

'Faces in the Crowd' had a highly intriguing premise which wasn't really exploited. When one loses the ability to recognize faces, their life will be in turmoil naturally. Add a serial killer into the fray, you have a hot potboiler of a tale to tell. The film starts out with a bang, but then whimpers and limps to the end. Well, the ending wasn't really dreadful. But still the writing was far too uninspired, while the direction didn't add anything to help it. Of all the other characters, I found the woman doctor to be highly annoying. She gives philosophical answers to difficult questions. I suspected who the serial killer would be halfway through the movie and it turned out I was right. Its bit of a cliché actually. I know many disagree with me on this, but I have to say Milla Jovovich is a pretty good actress and this movie actually proved it. She gives one of the best acting performances of her life even though the writing was lackluster. She was the sole shining gem in this movie and made it worth watching. But I wouldn't recommend this movie to anybody unless you really love Milla Jovovich.

5/10

Reviewed by Nitzan Havoc 7 / 10

Not quite done...

Usually, I look for Horror films to watch (and later review), simply because I'm a huge Horror fan. However, many great Horror films have many Thriller features in them especially the rush and guessing work the audience goes through, then finally the twist towards the end.

Faces in the crowd is an excellent Detective Thriller / Whodunit, using a very original and genius idea. A serial killer is terrorizing the state, and the sole eye witness who has seen him in the act - suffers head trauma and loses the ability to differentiate or remember faces. The careful and very clever cinematography portrayed the condition of "face blindness" in a very relatable way, making the audience almost go through the same experience as the protagonist.

The script was very good in my opinion, some of the lines were truly magnificent(especially those of the deaf Psychiatrist, trying to explain to the face-blind protagonist how to remember faces the same way a deaf person remembers music). The twist towards the end, however, could have been better, and the ending felt rather anticlimactic. That was very unfortunate, as this film had the potential to be one of the best.

All in all, I had a great time watching Faces in the Crowd, one of the best story ideas I've ever seen! Trying to remain objective I rate it 7, but don't miss out on it!

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