Identity is one of those movies with a big twist that people either love or hate.
The movie begins with a psychiatrist going through the files of serial killer Malcolm Rivers. He finds a diary that allows Malcolm to stay his execution to go over his case one more time. Rivers suffers from multiple personalities and recites a story about how he saw a man that wasn’t there. That foreshadows what will happen later on.
Then things suddenly flip to something completely different as a number of different people check into a motel. One family suffered an accident and the wife was badly injured. One is a prostitute. One is an actress and her chauffeur. One is a cop with a criminal, and another is a couple. They all get stuck at the motel cut off from the outside world and then people start ending up dead. The twist in the story is how the murderer Rivers is connected to the people in the hotel and it is not what you expect.
People who like the film will take about the innovative twist. Those that hate it will feel like they’ve been cheated and that most of what they just watched doesn’t really matter at all. Put me in the latter camp. Even worse is that the twist is revealed 2/3 of the way into the movie and then they continue as if the audience is still supposed to care about the storyline that’s not relevant anymore.
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