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Salt Lake City Weekly | May 9, 2005
Movies don’t await theatrical release for three years because they’re too esoterically wonderful, even at notoriously shelf-happy Miramax/Dimension. Shot in 2002 by director Renny Harlin (Deep Blue Sea), this wannabe Ten Little Indians plants a slew of FBI profilers-in-training—including Christian Slater, Jonny Lee Miller and Clifton Collins Jr.—along with a police observer (LL Cool J) on a remote island for an exercise that turns into a serial killer’s playground. A premise like this is always good for a little natural tension, Harlin can stage the occasionally effective action sequence, and it’s amusing to watch Val Kilmer’s chewy cameo as the trainees’ cocky supervisor. But this bland group with its meticulously diverse demographics behaves like teen-horror idiots rather than highly-trained Federal agents, always certain to split up in precisely the most dangerous way. And don’t even bother trying to guess whodunnit—by the time the killer’s “oh by the way, you had no way of knowing this information” motive is revealed, you’ll only wish this sorry excuse for a thriller could’ve collected another few years’ worth of dust.

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