Identity

Identity

DVD - 2003
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Ten strangers are brought together at a motel because of a savage rainstorm. All take shelter at a desolate motel run by a nervous night manager. Relief in finding shelter is quickly replaced with fear as the ten travelers begin to die, one by one. They soon realize that, if they are to survive, they'll have to uncover the secret that has brought them all together.

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c67macdonald
Mar 20, 2017

Excellent acting by Cusack, intense performance!

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chriscoleman
Sep 01, 2016

An interesting movie with quite a twist. Ten people are stranded in a storm at a motel along a highway in the Nevada wilderness. They start getting murdered, one by one, and their motel room keys are left by their bodies, apparently the victim of a serial killer. At the same time, a serial killer sentenced to death gets a hearing one hour before his execution. At the hearing we discover his psychologist told him about his alter personalities and they immediately began killing each other, trying to shut each other up so they couldn't tell his secrets. The two are related and that's the twist. I was kind of wondering what was going on because nothing in the motel world made sense...until you get to the end. Pay attention to the names of those 10 people at the motel. They mean something.

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Bongito
Apr 10, 2016

An absolute must with a twist in the end, one of "The Sixth Sense" or "Fight Club" type of movies.
If you enjoy these types of movies, you have to watch Identity right now!

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Gizmo_Joe
May 23, 2015

Identity has got to be one of screwiest flicks that I have seen to date. Identity deliberately misleads the audience (which I don't mind). Identity purposely confuses and tricks one into thinking they're actually watching two separate movies at the same time, but, in reality they're not.

It seems that these two flicks have been inexplicably spliced together. But the truth is it's just one tangled and intertwined story that, literally, takes reaching the end of the film before the logical side of things get ironed out. (Well, sort of)

Identity's story is so convoluted and incoherent, at times, that if we were all schizos ourselves to begin with, then we might be able to appreciate this flick to its fullest.

Identity's story revolves around 10 "so-called" strangers who, during a dark and violently stormy night, all end up congregating at some rundown, rinky-dink motel set out in No-Mans-Land in the middle of the Arizona Desert.

Just like the movie Ten Little Indians the characters all start to get bumped off, one by one. Who's behind these brutal murders, and why this is happening, is a movie plot-twist that, I suppose, is intended to end all movie plot-twists. You judge for yourself and then tell me that Hollywood doesn't overplay mental-disorder, and such, to the point of being downright ridiculous far too often.

The cast of Identity is headed by the talents of, none other than, Mr. Leave-It-To-Beaver, John Cusack, and Mr. Damage-Face, Ray Liotta.

kevfarley Jan 23, 2014

This is awful ! When I got it home and put it in the DVD player...it says: "NOT FORMATTED FOR THIS REGION" !!?? I have watched thousands of other New York Public Library DVDs on my Panasonic "Region 1" DVD Player,.. but about a dozen have come up as "NOT FORMATTED" etc. (!??). I really wanted to see this one. WHY is the New York Public Library buying DVD's that are "NOT FORMATTED to be viewed in this region" ??! Has this happened to anyone else out there ?

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ncs1961
Aug 26, 2013

always a John Cusack fan (well, except for Paper Boy). this jump out of your seat/cover your eyes suspense thriller didn't disappoint...on first OR second viewing!

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jimg2000
Aug 25, 2013

A psycho thriller that got weirder and stranger right from the start to the very end ... what made NO sense had logical explanations after all in a twisted mind.

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Monolith
Aug 01, 2013

I love this movie. It's one of those that I can watch again (and have, several times) even though I know the story. Definitely reminiscent of Christie's "Ten Little Indians", (a.k.a. the more politically correct "And Then There Were None"). Tremendous casting. Everyone was suited dead-on for their roles: Liotta -- great as the nasty scumbag; Gary Busey's dim-bulb son, too; Amanda Peet makes a gorgeous... whatever. Prostitute, librarian, plumber... You name it. I like Cusack's movies, and he's very likeable as our hero (?) here. John Hawkes really looks like he could've been a Motel 6 manager. Rebecca De Mornay as the snotty self-absorbed aging actress; a creepy non-speaking kid... Everybody is perfect. Just an intelligent, atmospheric, suspenseful psychological thriller from James Mangold. FIVE STARS.

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shlby69m
Feb 21, 2013

Better than 1408!

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krystalamanda16
Jan 30, 2013

I heard this was based on the book "And then there were none"
By Agatha Christie. It was similar, but not by much. I enjoyed it either way

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Monolith
Aug 01, 2013

Malcolm Rivers: "...As I was going up the stairs, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today; I wish, I wish, he'd go away."

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