Film Box Retrospective: ‘Copycat’ with Kathleen Ellison

April 18, 2013

I watch a lot of crime shows like “Bones,” “NCIS” and “The Mentalist,” and sometimes I grow weary over how predictable and just unrealistic these shows just seem to be getting. Consequently I’m not fond of watching movies that are crime dramas, but there is one that has always held a place in my heart: “Copycat.” This 1995 movie is directed by Jon Amiel and stars Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Dermot Mulroney and William McNamara.

Detective M.J. Monahan (Hunter) and her partner Reuben Goetz (Mulroney) team up with the agoraphobic Dr. Helen Hudson (Weaver), a criminal profiler and psychologist, to catch the copycat Peter Foley (McNamara). While Foley recreates the exploits of the most notorious killers in history and tormenting Dr. Hudson, Dr. Hudson realizes she might have to face the demons from her past.

The music in this movie, which won a Saturn Award and was composed by Christopher Young, really enhances the atmosphere and the overall suspense, which is so potent you practically choke on it. The plot really keeps you on your seat and is really engaging. The most interesting part was the different serial killers referenced in the film, such as Ted Bundy, Edmund Kemper, and Albert De Salvo.

Sigourney Weaver is really convincing in her role and executes it with an acute understanding of all her characters fears and anxieties, of which there is a lot. Holly Hunter also is excellent in her hardened role of a San Francisco Detective. The two work together reasonably well, though Hunter lacks in comparison to Weaver at times, but it’s Sigourney Weaver it’s hard to compete with that.

If you like “Criminal Minds” you will love this movie. This movie is one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever seen. It can be disturbing at times, but it just really goes with the territory. The suspense is easily cultivating and the ending packs a punch.

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