"The Watcher" is about a serial killer who sends a picture to a FBI investigator and has a day to find the perp and then kills her on failure. Not only an incredibly lacking idea for a feature movie that has been done to death, "The Watcher" fails on all aspects to entertain and give us a good scare. If anything, it's a cure for insomnia. Or a good laugh. The only thing I learned from this movie is that it's ok for FBI agents to throw people up against walls if they choose to ignore you, and that serial killers have the depth perception of camcorders.It's as if everyone is an idiot in this motion picture and they don't even know it. James Spader plays the FBI agent as alone, confused, afraid, popping pills to battle his past, that (a big spoiler here) his wife died! Meanwhile, the Spader character is still on the tail of this so-called creepy killer, played by Keanu Reeves in what seems like a role pre-Matrix heyday, as if the entire film was made before the 1999 sci-fi classic and was just decided to release now on the heels of "The Replacements."
And along we go, in a bunch of chase scenes and creepy phone calls, along with many flashbacks to Spader's past. Showing a flashback is one thing. But only using the graphics used in the opening credits sequence is not a way to set it forth.
The film is more funny than it is scary. Director Joe Charbanic is so lackluster in his thriller scenes, which have been edited in a series of negative flashes, slow motion, loud music, "Blair Witch" rip off camcorder photography, and the dredded, misused wide angle lenses again. While some movies may have tacked on endings, this entire movie feels tacked on, right from the creepfest scenes with piano wires, right down to the dull cops that are again two scenes behind the killer and are still drinking out of styrofoam coffee cups. This feels less like a film. It feels like a bunch of 35mm cut together with children's glue."The Watcher" is the kind of film with a few big names, that no one hears about, but is so bad they wait until two weeks before it comes out then BAM, it is released. Art that should be imitating life: James Spader popping pills in the movie, which is exactly he should be doing in real life after agreeing to star in "Supernova," and now this one.