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Audio Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Bruce A. Evans and Co-Writer Reynold Gideon
The Birth Of A Serial Killer: The Writing Of Mr. Brooks Featurette
On The Set Of Mr. Brooks Featurette
Murder On Their Minds: Mr. Brooks, Marshall & Mr. Smith Featurette
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
English: DTS 5.1 [CC]
Spanish: Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Run Time: 120 min
Synopsis from DVD Cover:
Earl Brooks (Costner) has a thriving business, a devoted wife, a loving daughter... and a terrible secret. He's a psychopathic serial killer, and no one has ever suspected him. Unable to control his horrific addiction, Brooks gives in to his sadistic, all-too-real alter ego (William Hurt) and succumbs to his murderous urges. But a pesky witness (Dane Cook) to his latest crime and a stubborn detective (Demi Moore) on the case add shocking new twists to an already terrifying game of cat and mouse.
Here is a rare example of too much plot in the movie. So much, that it makes the entire thing incredibly ridiculous. What starts of as a story of Earl Brooks (Kevin Costner), who deals with his murdering side, turns into five simultaneous stories that jump all over the place, yet desperately try to somehow stick to the main character.
Kevin Costner is a devoted father and husband, who recently won the "Man of the Year" award from the city's Chamber of Commerce. He has a perfect life, but also an imaginary friend, Marshall (William Hurt), who begs for Earl to kill. It has been two years since the last murder, but the craving is there, and after much begging, Earl gives into the temptation and decides to murder a dance couple. This is where the story splits into a big mess. Out of nowhere, we are introduced to Mr. Smith (Dane Cook), who caught Earl in action and threatens to go to the cops unless he can tag along to the next murder. Then there is Earl's daughter, who returns home from college with news that any parent would hate to find out. There is also, detective Tracy Atwood (Demi Moore), who is getting closer to Earl, but at the same time is going through a messy divorce and is targeted by another murderer who just escaped from prison.
All these stories are happening at the same time and while they are interesting at times, I felt that the Atwood character dominated much of the movie, when she could have easily been taken out. I would have loved, instead, to see more of the imaginary friend and find out what his motives were. I can honestly say that if imaginary friends were like Marshall, I would have loved to have one myself. Marshall not only remembers things that Earl can't and makes sure that Earl does not get caught, but he also gives him big hugs during tough times. Awesome.
As any good DVD, it comes with an audio commentary by writer/director Bruce A. Evans and his co-writer Raynold Gideon. It also comes with three featurettes, "The Birth of a Serial Killer: The Writing of Mr. Brooks," "On the Set of Mr. Brooks" and "Murder on Their Minds: Mr. Brooks, Marshall and Mr. Smith," which are just a bunch of interviews with the cast and crew talking about how great, they believe, the movie is. The featurettes add up to over twenty five minutes, but don't really deliver any new or interesting information about the film. In addition, there are six deleted scenes, which mostly revolve around detective Atwood, which makes me think that maybe the movie should have been called "Ms. Atwood" instead of "Mr. Brooks," since the character gets so much attention.
"Mr. Brooks" is a decent serial killer flick, with interesting characters and lots of potential. Unfortunately, the stories are too messy and end up confusing things. I loved Dane Cook in a non-comedic role, which he surprised me at, by delivering a believable performance. The actual DVD tries to give the fans more information about the movie, but falls short, due to the quality of the featurettes. In conclusion, this movie is not boring and is definitely worth a rental, but no rush.