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Mr. Brooks

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Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror/Suspense, Thriller
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Earl Brooks (Kevin Costner) is a wealthy, successful businessman recently honored by the Portland, Oregon, Chamber of Commerce as "Man of the Year." Brooks is also a serial killer, known as the "Thumbprint Killer" by the police. Brooks is encouraged by his id, manifested as an alter ego he refers to as "Marshall" (William Hurt) whom only Brooks can see or hear. Brooks uses Alcoholics Anonymous as a method to control his killing, and as of the beginning of the movie has refrained from murder for two years, but feels the killing urge rising again.

Urged on by Marshall, he kills a couple. As part of his pathology, he leaves each of the victims' bloody thumbprints on a lampshade. Brooks follows his meticulous modus operandi, including fastidious preparation and cleaning up the crime scene before departing. Marshall then notices that the couple's curtains were open.

His daughter Jane (Danielle Panabaker) appears, having dropped out of college. She goes on to visit Brooks at work and mentions that she would like to get a job with his company. The same day “Mr. Smith” (Dane Cook) turns up at Brooks' work and attempts to blackmail him with photographs from the most recent murder. He demands Brooks to take him on a murder and reluctantly, Brooks agrees.

Mrs. Brooks reveals that Jane dropped out of college because she was pregnant. The Brooks' are then visited by detectives from Palo Alto who want to interview Jane about a hatchet murder committed in Jane's former dorm building. Marshall and Brooks realize Jane committed the murder and consider letting her go to jail to "save her" from becoming like them. Brooks later decides to use an alternate identity, fly to Palo Alto and commit a similar murder to make it look like a serial killer is loose, exonerating Jane.

Brooks decides that he no longer wants to kill. Not wanting to be caught and embarrass his family, Brooks concocts a plan where he will write a note to his family claiming to have an incurable disease and to spare them the pain he will leave, never to return.

Brooks researches the background of the police officer chasing the "Thumbprint Killer," Detective Tracy Atwood (Demi Moore), and discovers she is in the middle of a messy divorce from Jesse Vialo (Jason Lewis) and decides that Jesse will be Smith's first "victim." At the scene of the Vialo murder, Smith urinates out of fear, leaving his DNA at the scene for the police to discover later. While driving away from the scene, Smith pulls a gun on Brooks, which Brooks and Marshall had predicted would happen. Brooks explains his plan to Smith, who agrees to kill Brooks. Brooks takes Smith to a cemetery he owns, and explains that they will find an open grave, Smith will shoot Brooks and then cover him with just enough dirt to mask the body. The next day, a casket will be lowered into the grave and covered, and Brooks' body will never be discovered.

Smith goes to shoot Brooks but Brooks reveals that he had snuck into Smith's apartment and bent the firing pin on Smith's pistol, rendering it inoperable on the off-chance that Brooks would change his mind. Brooks' brush with death made him realize he wanted to see his grandchild. As Smith desperately tries to make his pistol work, Brooks kills him with a shovel. As Smith lies dying, Brooks reveals that he used many different MOs before becoming the "Thumbprint Killer." With Smith's urine providing the only DNA evidence of the Thumbprint Killer at the murder scene, Brooks remains undetected.

Mr. Smith is named as the Thumbprint Killer and Brooks returns to his normal life. That night he has a nightmare that Jane will kill him, suggesting that he fears Jane will become like him.

Director:

No Director information.
Screenplay: Bruce A. Evans , Raynold Gideon
Studio: MGM
DVD Release: Jun 01, 2007
Tagline: Everyone has two sides: the one they show... and the one they hide.
Synopsis

Earl Brooks (Kevin Costner) is a wealthy, successful businessman recently honored by the Portland, Oregon, Chamber of Commerce as "Man of the Year." Brooks is also a serial killer, known as the "Thumbprint Killer" by the police. Brooks is encouraged by his id, manifested as an alter ego he refers to as "Marshall" (William Hurt) whom only Brooks can see or hear. Brooks uses Alcoholics Anonymous as a method to control his killing, and as of the beginning of the movie has refrained from murder for two years, but feels the killing urge rising again.

Urged on by Marshall, he kills a couple. As part of his pathology, he leaves each of the victims' bloody thumbprints on a lampshade. Brooks follows his meticulous modus operandi, including fastidious preparation and cleaning up the crime scene before departing. Marshall then notices that the couple's curtains were open.

His daughter Jane (Danielle Panabaker) appears, having dropped out of college. She goes on to visit Brooks at work and mentions that she would like to get a job with his company. The same day “Mr. Smith” (Dane Cook) turns up at Brooks' work and attempts to blackmail him with photographs from the most recent murder. He demands Brooks to take him on a murder and reluctantly, Brooks agrees.

Mrs. Brooks reveals that Jane dropped out of college because she was pregnant. The Brooks' are then visited by detectives from Palo Alto who want to interview Jane about a hatchet murder committed in Jane's former dorm building. Marshall and Brooks realize Jane committed the murder and consider letting her go to jail to "save her" from becoming like them. Brooks later decides to use an alternate identity, fly to Palo Alto and commit a similar murder to make it look like a serial killer is loose, exonerating Jane.

Brooks decides that he no longer wants to kill. Not wanting to be caught and embarrass his family, Brooks concocts a plan where he will write a note to his family claiming to have an incurable disease and to spare them the pain he will leave, never to return.

Brooks researches the background of the police officer chasing the "Thumbprint Killer," Detective Tracy Atwood (Demi Moore), and discovers she is in the middle of a messy divorce from Jesse Vialo (Jason Lewis) and decides that Jesse will be Smith's first "victim." At the scene of the Vialo murder, Smith urinates out of fear, leaving his DNA at the scene for the police to discover later. While driving away from the scene, Smith pulls a gun on Brooks, which Brooks and Marshall had predicted would happen. Brooks explains his plan to Smith, who agrees to kill Brooks. Brooks takes Smith to a cemetery he owns, and explains that they will find an open grave, Smith will shoot Brooks and then cover him with just enough dirt to mask the body. The next day, a casket will be lowered into the grave and covered, and Brooks' body will never be discovered.

Smith goes to shoot Brooks but Brooks reveals that he had snuck into Smith's apartment and bent the firing pin on Smith's pistol, rendering it inoperable on the off-chance that Brooks would change his mind. Brooks' brush with death made him realize he wanted to see his grandchild. As Smith desperately tries to make his pistol work, Brooks kills him with a shovel. As Smith lies dying, Brooks reveals that he used many different MOs before becoming the "Thumbprint Killer." With Smith's urine providing the only DNA evidence of the Thumbprint Killer at the murder scene, Brooks remains undetected.

Mr. Smith is named as the Thumbprint Killer and Brooks returns to his normal life. That night he has a nightmare that Jane will kill him, suggesting that he fears Jane will become like him.

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