Most notable for the Alien movies, Signourey Weaver has always been one of the more noticed actresses, even though she hasn't been in many recent movies. Out of the last three years, I can only think of Alien: Resurrection, and before that, Dave. I'm sure she's been in more, but off the top of my head, that's all I can think of... Except for Copycat, which represents Signourey Weaver's acting talents beautifully.
When one thinks of serial killer movies these days, slasher films come immediately to mind. However, this is not about a bunch of stupid teens getting sliced up. This is about a serial killer replicating very realistic events... events that have happened in real life. Every murder in the movie did happen at some point in time, and Copycat takes no leverage in hiding the details. Of course, in real life, things would be much more gruesome, but this probably is about as close as movies will come.
The characters in Copycat were believable, which is always good, and likable. It's hard to relate to Weaver's character at first, since she is so frightened, but she develops. Hunter and Mulroney are great co-stars, even though they don't seem to accomplish much throughout the entirety of the movie.
The only disappointing thing in the movie was the death of Mulroney. I didn't understand what the scene was in the movie for... was it just to kill off one of the three stars, or get them out of the way so the ending would be more suspenseful? If so, then they could have at least done it by relating the death to the story in some way, not just by having some frightened Chinese guy shoot him.
Although Seven is sitting on VCR as I type this, I have yet to see it. I hear it is much more graphic, and better, than Copycat. If so, Seven has to be one hell of a movie because Copycat will remain on my Top Choices list for a while.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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