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Kevin Costner stars as Earl Brooks, a man whose seemingly perfect family and status in the community hide an ugly secret. Brooks constantly says the plea of an addict--the Serenity Prayer--but he's not in the grip of drugs or alcohol. Instead, his neat little bow tie belies a man with an urge to kill. Though he's staved off that desire for two years, it has returned thanks to the efforts of his evil inner voice (William Hurt, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE). He is caught in the act by a man who calls himself Mr. Smith (Dane Cook, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH), but Mr. Smith doesn't want to turn Brooks in. The smarmy amateur photographer wants to learn from Brooks's methodical ways and become a killer himself. Meanwhile, a tough cop (Demi Moore, BOBBY) hunts for the man responsible for deaths all over Portland while she deals with issues in her own life.
MR. BROOKS presents a fascinating portrait of a man at war with himself. As the devil on Brooks's shoulder, Oscar winner Hurt adeptly alternates between menace and glee, adding to a resume already replete with varied roles. Though Costner is mostly known for playing nice guys (FIELD OF DREAMS) and charming rogues (BULL DURHAM), his performance as the tortured killer is interesting to watch, and he rises to the challenge of playing a completely different character than the kind he is known for. MR. BROOKS is an engaging thriller that goes into the fractured mind of a murderer, while also delivering an intriguing maze of multiple subplots.
John Lindley - American Director Of Photography
Bruce A. Evans - American Screenwriter/Director
Kevin Costner - Oscar winning American actor, director, DANCES WITH WOLVES
William Hurt - American Actor, THE BIG CHILL (1983)
Ramin Djawadi - Music, THUNDERBIRDS (2004)
Jim Wilson - American Producer
Demi Moore - American actress, GHOST, G.I. JANE
Demetria Gene Guynes - American actress, GHOST, G.I. JANE
Dane Cook - American standup comedian/actor, EMPLOYEEE OF THE MONTH
Jason Lewis - American actor in DADDY WHO?
Marg Helgenberger - American TV/Film Actress
- Format: DVD
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 027616089939
- Genre: Drama
- Rating: R (MPAA) (for strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, nudity and language)
- Release Date: March 2014
Theatrical Release: June 1, 2007
3 stars out of 5 -- "[W]hen the mind-bender of a thriller sticks to the war going on between Earl and his conscience, MR. BROOKS spins a web that will wrap you up in nightmares." - 06/14/2007 Rolling Stone, p.113
"[T]he rules of Hurt's manifestations are immediately laid down and give the movie its strongest claim to originality." - 11/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.65
3 stars out of 5 -- "Costner subverts his everyman persona as a decorated businessman....William Hurt shares some delicious scenes with Costner as the physical embodiment of Brooks's devilish side..." - 04/01/2008 Ultimate DVD, p.116