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Worst Movie Ever
A review of Identity
by Matt Mason

I have to admit, John Cusack has always been my favorite actor and his acting was nothing short of amazing here. I don't mean in the movie, I mean in the interview I saw of him which got me to go see the movie as he went on and on about how good the movie is, how the twists are amazing, and how it's really an old-style thriller.

Director: James Mangold

Stars: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina, Clea DuVall, Rebecca DeMornay, John C. McGinley, John Hawkes, William Lee Scott, Jake Busey

Rating: R

Release: 04-25-2003

Time: 90 minutes

Buy Movie at Little did I realize that "Old-style thriller" must be a code phrase for "silo's load of manure" as this howler stunk up the theater.

Actually, ok, the acting was okay. Pointless, but okay. We were supposed to be intruiged by all these different characters and all their different back stories, all of which were brought up either slapdash or in an annoying flashback form, leaving us with essentially too many stories to give a damn about even one of them.

Then there was a lot of pointless gore to titilate the audience (even though, in the context of how this is laid out (can't tell you, that'd "spoil" one of the stupid "twists") it'd have been more effective to leave more to the watcher's imaginations).

Then there was a wild twist involving the convict whose hearing we'd flash to every now and then. This twist is almost impressive until you realize it's really just an over-simplistic ploy to make us think the writers were doing something artistic and clever. Ummm, no. Essentially meaningless, poorly put together and carried out crap.

And THEN when you just think it can't possibly get stupider, it manages to. Ending on possibly the worst movie moment ever, the worst written, worst formulated, just astoundingly craptacular scene, that even the awfullness before didn't adequately prepare me for.