The Watcher (2000)HD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Keanu Reeves stars in The Watcher - an action-packed, "superbly crafted thriller that zooms along like a sinister video game of hunter and prey!" (Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper and the Movies) After years of pursuing psychotic killers in Los Angeles, FBI agent Joel Campbell (James Spader) wants out. And now his nemesis, serial killer David Allen Griffin (Reeves), has tracked him all the way to Chicago just to torment him. Before each murder, Griffin sends Campbell a photograph of his intended victim and dares him to find her before he strikes again. Now, with every tick of the clock, and amidst pulse-pounding action, this stone-cold killer turns up the heat. Co-starring Academy Award®-winner Marisa Tomei, this game of cat and mouse will have you gasping for breath from its first terrifying frame until its final explosive conclusion!
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 89
- Fresh: 9
- Rotten: 80
- Average Rating: 3.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: [Keanu's] line readings, aiming for a mixture of suavity and creepiness, just sound silly.
Rotten: Multiple candles may be a universal symbol in movies (and rock videos) for romance and spirituality. But they're useless in illuminating the deadness of The Watcher.
Rotten: While intelligently plotted and well-acted by James Spader, Keanu Reeves and Marisa Tomei, it is neither acutely suspenseful nor particularly thrilling but instead mainly numbing.
Rotten: Exactly the kind of movie you might happen upon while watching Cinemax in your hotel room and think, 'This'll do till Conan comes on.'
This is a sadly forgotten film that deserved more praise than it will likely ever receive. The peromances by Spader and Reeves are superb and you can really feel the tension and frustration of the stars. Reeves was unsettling without being over the top and Spader's pain was easy to connect to.