"A tense serial killer flick that runs out of steam at the end..."
Copycat is a fitting title for a film that helped spawn the current serial killer craze. When released it was over-shadowed by the wildly popular Se7en. But it is a good little thriller in its own right and it sure beats the hell out of Kiss the Girls.Helen Hudson (Sigourny Weaver) is a criminal psychologist who has become a shut-in after a traumatic encounter with a sadistic serial killer, played to the hilt by Connick. She cannot leave her apartment due to panic attacks and has mutated into an agoraphobic cyber-junkie. Her computer has become her only means of communication with the outside world. Hell, at least she has a better excuse than the rest of us.
She is coaxed into helping a plucky homicide detective (Holly Hunter) catch a serial murderer whose modus operandi is to replicate the acts of infamous serial killers. For example, he mimics one of the crime scenes of the Boston Strangler down to the exact position of the body.
Hudson reluctantly agrees to help as long as she can remain confined in the studio apartment that she has transformed into her own personal prison.
She doesn't get off that easy though...
The killer decides to use the computer to invade her space and fuck with her head. This sets up one of the most disturbing scenes in the movie.
She receives a video clip over the internet that has been digitally altered to show one of the victim’s bodies doing a macabre dance of the dead.
This is some genuinely creepy stuff...
I did have some problems with this movie, however.
For one, Connick’s serial killer is far better written than the one that is playing cat-and-mouse with the leads. When he should be the most compelling character in the movie he winds up being the least.
Another problem is that the movie goes into cruise control after the first half. It seems as if they just ran out of ideas and decided to heap on as many clichés as humanly possible and the ending feels forced.
But, despite its flaws, Copycat still manages to surpass most of the recent films in the genre by coasting on the momentum established in the first half.If you are looking for a movie on a par with Silence of The Lambs or Se7en, you may walk away with a sour taste in your mouth. If you can forget that those movies were ever made, and can resist the obvious comparisons, you should be diverted by an entertaining thriller.