Suspect Zero

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

In this criminal thriller, agent Thomas Mackelway (Aaron Eckhart) receives a reassignment to the New Mexico branch of the FBI after botching an investigation. Mackelway and his partner, Fran (Carrie-Anne Moss), find themselves in the middle of a series of bizarre murder investigations. The suspect, Benjamin ORyan (Ben Kingsley), seems to be baiting Mackelway, leaving mysterious marks and disturbing clues at the crime scenes. But even more bizarre, ORyans victims all turn out to be serial killers who have eluded the FBI. According to ORyans acquaintances, his behavior may be part of his search for a mythical killer, Suspect Zero, who is behind many unsolved murders and missing persons cases across the country. Now Mackelway must discover how ORyan has caught such elusive killers. He must also determine whether Suspect Zero is a real person or simply a figment of ORyans depraved and dangerous imagination.

Suspect Zero is a film that explores criminal and psychological themes. Among the most interesting and unsettling is the possibility that a serial killer exists who leaves behind no patterns or clues but simply missing persons and unsolved murders. Students of criminal psychology might find this interesting, but general audiences will probably focus on the more disturbing images of dead bodies and discussions of murder and serial killers. The themes alone earn a caution to the films viewers, especially as characters discuss the traumatic experience of getting inside a murderers mind. But Suspect Zero also includes the use of special mental techniques to gain knowledge of geographically distant events and of the future. This would probably fall into the category of the occult, even though demonic powers are not directly mentioned or invoked. Finally, the film includes objectionable language, violence, sexuality and nudity, which seal its negative acceptability rating.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Paramount Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Once strong (SOB 1)

Obscene Language: Once strong (SOB 1)

Profanity: Once strong (C 1)

Violence: Several times mild (woman struggles with man who is abducting her); moderate (man repeatedly kicks another man on the ground, man shoots another man to death); strong (woman is hit repeatedly by a man who intends to rape her, images of murdered and decaying bodies, images of partially mutilated bodies, discussion and images of murders and serial killers)

Sex: One time moderate (man is shown raping woman with no nudity)

Nudity: Few times moderate (woman rescued from rapist is shown afterward with breasts uncovered, abstract pencil drawings show completely naked women)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: One time mild (reference to a mans sexual habits with his wife and other women)

Drugs: Few times mild (use of alcohol in bar scene, frequent use of painkillers)

Other: Use of extra-sensory perception (ESP), discussion of murder and theories about murderers, characters exhibit obsessive and compulsive behaviors, some characters and images evoke a sense of darkness and evil

Running Time: 99 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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