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The Bone Collector is an excellent film that gets rated lower than it should for one reason. Those who have read the book tear it apart because it is not exactly like the book and I don't think that is fair. I loved the movie when it came out and I loved it again today, many years after the first watch. Angelina Jolie was in her prime and she uses a convincing New York accent, although she does seem to pause at odd moments, like she's figuring out what to do next. Denzel Washington is perfect as the handicapped crime fighter, who assists the cops in solving some of the more complicated crimes from his home, complete with some digital assistance, though rudimentary by today's standards. Queen Latifah very competently plays Denzel's home-care assistant, although this role is a departure from the book and seems to be a big sticking point according to the literary crowd. If you are interested in crime stories, or have an interest in New York history, it's an "A" movie for certain and holds up to today's standards for the most part. My only complaint was how some of the outdoor daylight scenes appeared to be shot on the wrong type of film, or blue-matte filtered way too much and too dark, but The Bone Collector easily remains on my Top 100 list.
The Bone Collector is a fast-paced thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. This is a story of resilience and determination during the darkest hours; with a surprise ending. A villain escaping unveiling so close to the movie's end while captivating and crossing moral boundaries leads to the most inconceivable suspect. The nefarious nature of the perpetrator's crimes is well hidden by a usually respectable and community serving profession. NOT for the fainthearted due to superb graphic representation of true crime's garish nature! Excellent performances bring to life the thrilling cliffhanger, in The Bone Collector!
The Bone Collector was a crime drama with Denzel Washington as former New York City Crime Scene Unit (CSU) Lincoln Rhyme who became paralyzed and Angelina Jolie as the young Officer Amelia Donaghy. A serial killer is in New York City leaving behind a series of bodies and clues and Donaghy is given the case and acts as the eyes and ears for Rhyme out in the field.
The Bone Collector draws you into the mystery right from the start. First a couple is kidnapped in a Taxi and then Donaghy finds the bodies. Only the hands of the woman and the face of the husband appear out of the ground and a clue is left behind as well. Then the killer takes another victim, but she’s left alive. Then it becomes a police procedural as Rhyme is asked to help with the case and begins going through the evidence. Like all good stories Rhyme is able to see things and put them together others miss. That’s the reason why you watch the movie because of its intriguing plot.
Great acting, of course. Gory, so don't watch it with small children or even adolescents, but it's one of those "righteousness triumphs" movies. Edge of your seat with a "I didn't see that coming" throughout most of the movie. I love movies where I'm trying to figure out what's happening before they have to explain it to me. I didn't score very high at all on this one.
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2020
Not sure why it was hand delivered, usually they just put bluray's and dvd's in the mailbox, I think the driver of Ups has a crush on me. LOL! Nah I'm just glad I have my bluray of The Bone Collector. Classic movie, Denzel and Queen Latifah rule in this movie. Now to get my pink treadmill.
This is an excellent thriller that will keep you guessing til the very end of who is behind the gruesome murders. Denzel Washington (Lincoln) learns how Angelina Jolie (Amelia) handled the 1st murder and request that she be in on the investigation. Amelia was a beat cop and finally got the assignment she wanted which was working with the youth, but she is pulled out and sent to Lincoln's house (He's a parapalegic which you will find out why at the very beginning of the movie, so it's not a spoiler alert). Amelia does not hit it off with Lincoln the 1st time they meet, especially when she finds out why she is there. She really resents him. He comes across as arogant, full of him self and entitled to whatever he wants because of his condition. This really makes Amelia mad and she lets him know it. Lincoln feels differently, he feels she is exactly the right person because she has a strong instinct for clues etc. When she is ordered to help with the investigation, the longer Lincoln and Amelia work together on this case the closer they become and she realizes she was wrong about him. Together they work the case closely, time is running out. It has a wonderful cast, including Queen Latifah who is always in character. Even though I know how it turns out I could watch this movie over and over. You will not be disappointed.
we had to fast forward a lot of the movie or close our eyes. it was very upsetting. the parts that weren't were very good.denzel was a great detective, forensics expert, writer and human being, who was hurt badly doing his job, but the police force seemed to take care of him and his nurse queen latifa was a good friend.
I'm a little on the fence about this one. It's a little dull in places but the plat was interesting. The acting was very good, even though I dislike Jolie. Denzel is always great. For those who enjoy a good crime movie this is worth watching.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2017
Once again I have been duped by the good reviews for a film. Denzel plays a quadraplegic who is allowed to continue investigating murders even though he is bed ridden. He alone can see the potential in a rookie cop [Angelina] and he is allowed to use her to investigate a series of murders whilst he maintains control via modern day electronics. Angelina obviously fits the pattern for the modern American investigator - 30-ish, $5k's worth of collagen lip implants, $10k's worth of dental work and a figure to die for. They must pay police officers an awful lot in the US. The murder scenes are realistically grisly but the roles of Denzel and Angelina and the way the rest of the police force fawn over them made me press the eject button before seeing all the film.
As always the book far exceeds the movie. In the movie most of the story that Deavers penned has been omitted thus making this a fairly short film. If you read the novel you will see that during the first 24 hours of the plot at least 3 more murders are committed by the Bone Collectors. The collector abducts a young mother and her daughter and keeps them in a gringy basement building, but the police women working with Rimes is able to solve the clues and save them. The old man that the collector shoves into a pipe that is slowly filling up with sea water as the tide rises is also rescued just in time, but this is missed out in the film. As is the young boy that is held by the BC in the basement of his safe house and has been left to be eaten by a pack of wild (abandoned) dogs by the heroine and the NYPD ESU. In the book the story is also linked to a possible terrorist attack on a UN conference and the eventual perpetrator of this attack is the young mother that they rescued from the collector. This movie detracts from teh book in a zillion ways, even down to the finer details. In the book his nurse and therapist is a man named Thom, but in the movie it is a woman. I bought the dvd after reading the book on vacation, but was sadly disappointed. I appreciate that to have made the movie as the book reads would have meant a much bigger budget and therefore a bigger gamble, but to catch the essence of this excellent piece of writing by Deavers would more than likely been a box office hit. The leads were played by Denzil Washington and Julianne Moore and they played them well, but the writers and production team missed the target by omitting over 3/4 of the novels storyline.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 20, 2020
I HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK THIS FILM IS BASED ON, BUT I FOUND THE FILM ENJOYABLE WHEN I WATCHED IT FOR THE FIRST TIME DESPITE THE PLOT WEAKNESSES OF THE MOVIE AND THAT IS WHY I GOT IT! GOOD CAST AND GOOD PERFORMANCES!
This is probably a good film but I think this particular copy must be a bootleg/pirate. The sound quality was abominable (even with headphones) and when I put on the subtitles to try not to miss half the dialogue, they were even worse! The first sentence of some of the speakers' lines came up and the rest was ignored! Heaven help anyone who is deaf and cannot lip-read - this would definitely have been a murder mystery for them!
4.0 out of 5 starsStill The Same Second Time Round
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 1, 2013
I watched this movie when it first came out around 13 years ago but hadn't seen it since.It had long since vanished from my collection so I decided to buy it again. Positives - Denzel Washington - who improves just about anything he's in in my view. Also Angelina Jolie.This was shot before she was a "celebrity".These days it is perhaps sometimes overlooked she is also a very watchable and charismatic screen actor - as she shows here. The relationship between the two leads works for me. Support cast is good too. The story kept me hooked right up to the end. Which is the weakest thing about the movie I think. Your opinions on some movies change over the years but basically my opinion on the Bone Collector is the same as the first time I saw it. A well acted, well directed, entertaining 4 star thriller apart from the final reel which I still thinks needs some work! But much here to enjoy.