Universal Pictures | Release Date: November 5, 1999
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woutJan 25, 2013
I love the actors/actress in this movie, especially Denzel Washington, but the movie itself, the story is terrible. I guess this is supposed to be a thriller, but when I watched it, it felt more like comedy, so bad and so unrealistic thatI love the actors/actress in this movie, especially Denzel Washington, but the movie itself, the story is terrible. I guess this is supposed to be a thriller, but when I watched it, it felt more like comedy, so bad and so unrealistic that it's funny, there were times when I couldn't stop laughing, add some good acting and this movie is definitely watchable Expand
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EpicLadySpongeJun 15, 2016
The Bone Collector refuses to create fun, thus makes bone collecting in general look insanely boring and I can tell you that any bone collector would never say that.
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MaricaAug 27, 2014
"Destiny is what we make it" - Lincoln Rhyme.

I expect to be a great movie..but is disappointed.Great Actors...but a "meh" story and so boring.

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MovieMasterEddyApr 4, 2016
'Bone Collector': A Taxi Ride to Torture Provokes a Chase!

Since movies keep pushing the envelope of the acceptably gruesome, even the nastiest sights glimpsed in Phillip Noyce's preposterous thriller "Bone Collector" should strike jaded
'Bone Collector': A Taxi Ride to Torture Provokes a Chase!

Since movies keep pushing the envelope of the acceptably gruesome, even the nastiest sights glimpsed in Phillip Noyce's preposterous thriller "Bone Collector" should strike jaded moviegoers (those who relished "Seven," for instance) as ho-hum shocks.

A woman found shackled in the bowels of New York and cooked alive by scalding steam resembles a giant oozing radish. A young man, also held underground in shackles, is discovered covered with squirming rats that, when dispersed by a gunshot, reveal his greedily picked-over body.

Near the end of the film, during a life-and-death tussle, one character sinks his teeth into the jugular of his attacker and emerges looking like a vampire with unusually sloppy table manners.

These unsettling moments have become par for the course in a modern horror thriller. And "The Bone Collector," which stars Denzel Washington as a brilliant forensic detective tracking down a serial killer who leaves elaborate clues near his victims' bodies, is an efficient purveyor of such stock genre jolts.

In addition to corpses and gushing veins, those jolts include the usual false alarms: harsh musical clangs, slowly turning doorknobs and menacing shadows. There is even one glowering, character whom the movie blatantly manipulates us into assuming is the culprit.

The killer meets his victims in a way that should tap into a paranoid New Yorker's worst nightmares. He picks them up in a taxi, at the airport or Grand Central Terminal, locks them in his car and speeds off into the middle of nowhere.

Most find themselves strung up in deserted turn-of-the-century slaughterhouses and abandoned subway stations that resemble medieval torture chambers.

Although there is nothing remotely believable about this drawn-out cat-and-mouse game of a movie crossed with a whodunit, that's almost the point. "The Bone Collector," adapted from a novel by Jeffery Deaver, is a cinematic game that might be called Urban Creep Show, New York-style, and its rules are comfortably predetermined.

We can be pretty sure that the hero, Lincoln Rhyme (Washington), a detective who has been a quadriplegic for four years and suffers from seizures, any of which could reduce him to a vegetative state, will outwit the demon killer.

The gimmick is that Lincoln can solve the case without budging from bed. Using a computer and an illuminated viewing screen to pore over the evidence, he is able to make impossible, lightning-quick determinations about where the next victim is likely to found.

Communicating by cell phone with Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie), a beautiful young police officer (and former model) whom he has drafted as his assistant, he instructs her on what to look for at the crime scene and how to handle the evidence.

The role of Lincoln is a piece of cake for Washington, who departs from his customary Boy Scout mode to display matching streaks of imperiousness and cunning. The film revels in close-ups of Washington's handsome face, whose glinting eyes and dazzling teeth do a seductive duet.

The camera is even more enamored of Ms. Jolie, with her impossibly sensual lips and eyes that brim with a soft melting fire. In sheer smoldering screen charisma, Ms. Jolie has every other young Hollywood actress beat hands down. Whether she can really act remains to be seen.

Because Lincoln is a quadriplegic, the film suggests that there is little hope of a sexual relationship between him and Amelia. But in the same way that it delivers jarring false alarms, the movie suggests an unacknowledged erotic heat between its stars. Unlike so many other screen couples nowadays, these two have chemistry.
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BroyaxJan 18, 2017
Tout cela est un peu ballot, car la base d'un bon polar est là, toute proche, il suffit d'arranger le tout justement, au sens le plus éthymologique : de façon juste et ordonnée.

Bien sûr, Bone Collector nous impose ce jeu de piste à remettre
Tout cela est un peu ballot, car la base d'un bon polar est là, toute proche, il suffit d'arranger le tout justement, au sens le plus éthymologique : de façon juste et ordonnée.

Bien sûr, Bone Collector nous impose ce jeu de piste à remettre dans le bon sens et les acteurs s'activent comme des fourmis à reconstituer le puzzle comme dans un épisode de l'une de ces innombrables séries américaines où l'on se fait chier à suivre les zouaves qui suivent les **** cailloux laissés par le très vilain tueur psychopathe. Un peu comme cette longue phrase qui impose de suivre et poursuivre sa lecture jusqu'à la fin pour en comprendre toute la teneur et toute sa finalité même si sa conclusion n'apporte pas grand'chose de neuf, contrairement à ce que l'on pouvait espérer. Plutôt énervant, non ?

Bien que réalisé très correctement, le film nous impose ce petit jeu qui nous ennuie jusqu'à cette fin (enfin !) qui tombe comme un cheveu sur la soupe : tout ça pour ça ? se demande-t-on. Mais de qui se moque-t-on à la fin ?... Denzel très paternaliste dirige tout de son plumard, suivie par Angelina aux ordres, très jolie, la bouche en coeur. Elle pleurniche aussi de temps à autre, c'est Angelina quoi. Et Denzel même coincé sur le pieu est un héros héroîque qui triomphe du vilain méchant psychopathe, très énervé parce qu'on a pas remis de rouleau de pécul dans le dérouleur.

Bon, enfin, bref.
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