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Intensity (5-Aug-1997)

Director: Yves Simoneau

Writer: Stephen Tolkin (screenplay)

From novel by: Dean R. Koontz

Keywords: Thriller

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Piper Laurie
22-Jan-1932   Catherine Packard in Twin Peaks
Blu Mankuma
5-Jul-1948   Capt. Joe Reese on Forever Knight
John C. McGinley
3-Aug-1959   Dr. Perry Cox on Scrubs
Molly Parker
14-Jun-1972   Widow Garret on Deadwood
Kavan Smith
6-May-1970   Maj. Evan Lorne on Stargate: Atlantis


Review by anonymous (posted on 4-Jul-2005)

The premise is hardly new: a woman chases a serial killer who's just murdered her best friend, the friend's family and the two employees of a gas station/convenience store. While the killer seems so over the top he's a little hard to believe (how come he hasn't been caught before, if he murders whole groups of people at a time?), the spirited performances rescue the film almost as much as Molly Parker's character rescues the teen-aged hostage the killer has trapped in a special made-for-victims room in his house. Parker is always believeable, no matter how far-fetched the role and she holds the film together, despite The so-so writing, which wastes Piper Laurie on a tiny part as a passer-by who tries to help and gets killed for her trouble. Perhaps the writer didn't want Laurie to compete too much with the heroine (Parker) for screen time. The first half is a chase movie, with Parker alternately persuing and hiding from the killer, while the second half is a cat-and-mouse battle of wits at the killer's house, with Parker (on her own despite the efforts of a well-meaning sheriff) having to not only dodge the killer but save the little girl he's been hiding. The whole thing has a sort of morbid fascination to it, as I had to see how Parker managed to triumph at the end. John C. (McGinley?) - appropriately frantic, crazed, scary and even occassionally funny - gives a high-octane performance worthy of the part.

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