Identity: Columbia Pictures
Erin Richter
September 05, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Identity

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/25/03
performer
Jake Busey, John Cusack, Rebecca De Mornay, Clea DuVall, Ray Liotta, John C. McGinley, Alfred Molina, Amanda Peet
director
James Mangold
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Michael Cooney
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

On a dark and really stormy night, a roadside motel provides refuge to 10 troubled strangers (John Cusack’s conflicted limo driver, Ray Liotta’s snarling cop, and Amanda Peet’s hoping-to-reform call girl among them) who barely dry off before the killing starts.

In Identity the formula seems stale (as does much of the dialogue), but director James Mangold (”Cop Land”) and writer Michael Cooney (”Jack Frost”) add a few fresh twists to their sharp film noir/”Psycho” thriller: namely a seasoned cast and a story that engages the head (unlike a lot of recent scary movies — see ”Final Destination 2” — that just leave the brains on the wall).

EXTRAS Trying to differentiate between the theatrical cut and the alternate ending may actually kill you.

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