A horror-thriller centered on a woman living with "face-blindness" after surviving a serial killer's attack. As she lives with her condition, one in which facial features change each time she loses sight of them, the killer closes in.
Release Year: 2011
Rating: 5.5/10 (4,974 voted)
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Sarah Wayne Callies, Julian McMahon
The elementary school teacher Anna Marchant lives with her boyfriend Bryce in a nice apartment and every now and then she meets her best friends Francine and Nina to drink and talk. When Anna is crossing a bridge to meet Bryce, she sees an infamous serial-killer killing a woman. Anna runs but she is attacked by the killer and she falls off the bridge and hits her head. Anna stays in coma for a week and when she awakes, she learns that she has brain damage followed by Prosopagnosia, a disorder of face perception where the ability to recognize faces is impaired, while the ability to recognize other objects may be relatively intact. The police detective Sam Kerrest unsuccessfully tries to force Anna to remember the face of the serial-killer. Now the serial-killer knows that Anna has seen his face, but she is incapable of even recognizing Bryce and her close friends.
Writers: Julien Magnat, Kelly Smith
Sarah Wayne Callies
(as Adam John Harrington)
She saw the killer's face, but it keeps changing…
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Release Date: 7 October 2011
Filming Locations: Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Box Office Details
Anna checks her Facebook account where her birthday is shown as Jan 22nd. However, on a couple of occasions, she is shown to be checking her newspaper horoscope under the 'Taurus' section. A person born on Jan 22nd is an Aquarian.
Nice premise, horrible execution
The opening montage is artful and interesting, and as you're watching
the movie, you probably are interested in the premise, that life would
be very complicated if you couldn't recognize faces any longer. So you
sit back and prepare for something that might be along the lines of
"Insomnia", an thriller with a real foundation in psychological
manipulation, with twists and surprises to keep you guessing.
And after that opening montage, it's pretty much all just clichés and
tired plot devices and stale acting. We've seen the leads do much
better than this. The 'filler' scenes are so trite they feel like they
were written and shot in one take. And the 'action' scenes are shot in
a way that does engage us at all. And as for the plot itself… have we
ever seen a woman fleeing a villain and trip before? Have we seen the
protagonist stuck in a situation where the hero has to rush to save her
but he can't get to her quickly? And finally, the main crux of the
film, the face blindness, is interesting for about three minutes, and
then it gets incredibly stale, and yet we have to sit through another
hour+ of it. Give this story to Chris Nolan and you'd have something
fantastic – but this incarnation of it is really not worth wasting the