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  • Summary: Within the FBI, there exists a division dedicated to investigating and prosecuting criminals on the internet. Welcome to the front lines of the war on cybercrime, where Special Agent Jennifer Marsh has seen it all......until now. A tech-savvy internet predator is displaying his graphic murders on his own website -- and the fate of each of his tormented captives is left in the hands of the public: the more hits his site gets, the faster his victims die. When this game of cat and mouse becomes personal, Marsh and her team must race against the clock to track down this technical mastermind who is virtually untraceable. (Screen Gems-Sony) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 30
  2. Negative: 13 out of 30
  1. 75
    A horrifying thriller, smart and tightly told, and merciless.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    Unfolding like a better-than-average episode of a first-rate TV police procedural, Untraceable is a satisfying slice of solidly crafted meat-and-potatoes filmmaking.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Even worse than its hypocrisy, gratuitous homophobia and cheap proselytizing, the movie is dull.
  4. 40
    Computer movies have come a long way since the good old days of monitors projecting vector graphics on hackers’ faces, but there are still some forehead slappers in Untraceable.
  5. An abhorrent cyberthriller starring a compelling Diane Lane.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    30
    Directed by Gregory Hoblit from a screenplay by a trio (a trio!) of whomevers, Untraceable hasn't the brains of a class-act psychothriller like "The Silence of the Lambs" (though it does reprise that film's titillating homophobia); worse yet, it lacks the balls to juice up the trashy verve of the "Saw" series.
  7. 0
    By now the hypocrisy of simultaneously condemning and exploiting the audience's sadism has become so commonplace in American movies it hardly seems noteworthy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 9 out of 26
  1. justinm.
    Dec 29, 2008
    10
    Thrilling, great acting.
  2. JaredB.
    Jun 10, 2008
    9
    When I first saw the trailers for this movie, I was, to say the least, repulsed. My first impression was, "Oh, this will be just another boring 'torture porn' movie. Well, I was partially right. While this movie fell neatly into the 'torture porn' category, it was anything but boring. For the whole hour and forty-one minute length of the film, I was on the edge of my seat. Diane Lane, whose last good movie was "Unfaithful,' is excellent as Jennifer, an investigator with the FBI's cybercrimes unit. One day, she and her partner, played by Colin Hanks, stumble upon a site, where the webmaster kidnaps various people and tortures them. The more hits this website gets, the faster the victims die. At first, Jennifer treats this as just another case. That is, until someone very close to her becomes the killer's next victim. My only problem with this movie was the end. For those who have yet to see this movie, I won't spoil it. To everyone else, were you as frustrated by this as I was? Besides this one minor flaw, I gotta say, I found this to be an enjoyable, tense, well-made thriller. Pick up a copy and enjoy. Expand
  3. ChadS.
    Jan 25, 2008
    8
    What does "Untraceable", this seemingly disposable thriller have in common with "Sunset Boulevard"? Like the Billy Wilder masterpiece, "Untraceable" is unafraid to unleash an excorciating critique on the modus operandi of "The Dream Factory"(what Hollywood was dubbed during the Studio Era). It's not 1950 anymore(the dream is over); we'll never see a transition in filmic mode on the scale of silent films giving way to talkies, but 2004's "Saw" was a landmark movie of sorts. That James Wan(not so wan at the box-office)-helmed shocker had the dubious distinction of ushering in the sub-genre(for both, horror & suspense/thrillers) we now call "torture porn"; defined as prolonged scenes in which people under heavy duress are made to suffer before they expire in some grisly manner that makes ordinary homicide seem passe. "Untraceable", in my mind, is a critique of this sick trend in contemporary film. Eli Roth's "Hostel" is like the "Citizen Kane" of torture porn("I Know Who Killed Me" is its "Hudson Hawk")In the Charles Brackett & Wilder screenplay, we see how talkies put silent era-film stars out of work. Likewise, torture porn makes every horror or suspense/thriller icon from Frankenstein to Jason to Hannibal Lecter seem like the Easter bunny. A thriller such as "Lady Beware", a forgettable 1987 film starring Diane Lane(who plays Jennifer in "Untraceable") looks like child's play by today's standards of staging premeditated murder. In the final scene of "Untraceable"(this is not a spoiler), Jennifer makes like Nora Desmond(Gloria Swanson) and is ready for her close-up(into a video camera). "Untraceable" fades to black. Hopefully, this is torture porn's swansong. Expand
  4. JayH.
    May 7, 2008
    6
    I am a little surprised at the negative reviews. It was well paced, well performed, had plenty of tension. The characters had depth. I was never bored. Granted, there are some holes in the plot but overall it as good. Expand
  5. NigelM.
    Jun 2, 2008
    4
    This will appeal to fans of the Saw movies, as its basically an excuse to squirm at the ingenuity of the killers methods of executing his victims. One for the sadist in you, if that's your bag. Expand
  6. JimO
    Jun 6, 2008
    2
    Boring and uninteresting characters tell a story of a "elite" computer hacker who kills and is "untraceable". So bad.
  7. MarcusA.
    Jan 25, 2008
    0
    You people are idiots. And why Roger Ebert, why? Stop giving bad movies good ratings, please! Every time you do this I lose a little respect for you.

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