Copycat (1995)

“Don’t you ever get tired… of being a day late and a dollar short? ” – Peter Foley

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A detective and a psychologist must work together in order to catch a serial killer on the loose who is mimicking the work of other famous serial killers.

My Take on it – This is a film with a very solid premise that fails to be even better due to the lackluster way that the story is presented to us.

The characters aren’t developed well enough and that takes away so much from the enjoyment of this film because it’s hard to care what happens to any of them along the way.

Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter are both great actresses, yet the way that this story plays out is hurt by the fact that they have very poor chemistry together that would make us believe the plausibility that they could work on this crime together effectively.

The movie has some nice and thrilling twists and turns along the way which help things along but the way that things eventually play out is much too predictable and doesn’t allow for the story to feel unique or original as it probably should be.

William McNamara stands out as the villain, but even he feels underused here which is quite a shame.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that doesn’t hold up well enough. The premise is quite solid, but the way things are presented just doesn’t help make it enjoyable enough to care about. Weaver and Hunter are both great actresses here, but they fail to have any real chemistry together that would make it even more plausible for them to be working together on this crime. The story is filled with some nice twists and turns along the way that help a bit, but the story line and pattern of the story are a bit too predictable for their own good.  McNamara stands out among the cast as the villain yet doesn’t feel utilized enough to make things even better.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Years later, Sigourney Weaver would state that she was most proud of her work in this film. She worked hard to portray the mindset of an agoraphobic, and has regretted that the movie was lost in a shuffle of thrillers at the time and is not better remembered. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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