IDENTITYColumbia Pictures
2003
R

“When 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.”

It was a dark and stormy night. To quote Tom Servo- “I had taken a creative writing course at the community college.” A group of strangers all end up stranded in a hotel in the middle of nowhere, and no one can leave. Almost as fast as you can say “Ten Little Indians”, people start dying mysteriously. Paranoia and panic ensue. And a convict on death row is granted a late night last minute re-trial. That’s all I’ll say…

Well, grab my ankles and call me magic. I walked into the theater one afternoon expecting Identity to be nothing more than a Hitchcock-lite murder thriller. You know, bunch of people thrown together in the dead of night, one of ’em a killer, and all of them blaming each other while trying to find out who’s the villain while the body count rises, with a “Surprise! I’m the one you least expected!” twist ending that, in reality, everyone in the theater saw coming about 45 minutes into the flick. Well, yes, Identity is in essence that, with a big twist that either A) will catch you off guard until you realize what’s going down, or B) you’ll figure out two-thirds of the way in (like I did), but enjoy the way things play out nonetheless. The entire movie was woven together simply and intelligently. I really can’t say too much without giving things away. Nifty little thriller that sneaked in under the radar. Check this one out sometime…