There's no cure for `Mr. Brooks'

Some of what ails thriller is its star, Kevin Costner

Review C

June 01, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

"There's dead and then there's dead," quipped Kevin Costner as a Coast Guard swimmer in The Guardian. He could have used that line in the inflated suspense film Mr. Brooks. He plays the title character, a serial killer with a double life and double standards.

The successful owner of a chic Portland, Ore., box company, with a comely wife (Marg Helgenberger) and a smart, pretty daughter (Danielle Panabaker), he knows he kills out of compulsion - he goes to AA meetings and confesses he's an addict. So when he's forced to kill for other reasons, he feels guilty and confused.

Mr. Brooks (MGM) Starring Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, Dane Cook, William Hurt. Directed by Bruce A. Evans. Rated R. Time 120 minutes.

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