27 November 2007

Out on DVD Today: I Know Who Killed Me

People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like. - Abraham Lincoln

If you could, in fact, judge a book by its cover, this movie would totally be my bag, baby!

As those of us old enough to remember the early days of Pre-Blockbuster VHS rental know, judging a movie's potential merits by the packaging was a particular skill, something akin to panning for gold in a river bed. Other than word-of-mouth, the art and info on the box were pretty much the only clues we had to go on. (This was back when Al Gore was inventing the Internet, kiddies.) And believe me, we examined every video in the place, there wasn't much of a selection. A movie with box art like this held special promise to be a true winner. This had all the makings of greatness.

Oddly, this brand-new 2007 release plays just like one of those B-movies that has been languishing for years on a video-store shelf waiting for the weeknight you'll discover it. And although it didn't quite live up to its box art, I think this is pretty much required viewing. Just lower your expectations a bit. It had potential to be good, but it turned out to fall into the "so-bad-its-good" category, which I can enjoy just as much. Admittedly, my expectations were high. I expect many have no expectations of this movie at all.

Lindsay Lohan was born the year I was a freshman in high school - I'm about twice her age. She completely captivated me from the moment I first saw her, about ten years later, runnin' thangs playing poker at summer camp in Disney's 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. If she was that good in a dual twin role at age 11, I was intrigued to see what she would do with a decidedly un-Disneyfied reprise at age 21.

I really could have done without the Captivity-like "torture porn", but thankfully it doesn't comprise too much of the picture.

I just saw this on pay-per-view in a hotel on Halloween and I don't even remember the mother being Julia Ormond. And I MUST see the DVD extras. So I'll be giving this another look-see before I complete my review.

SYNOPSIS: Lindsay Lohan stars in the mind-bending psychological thriller I Know Who Killed Me as Aubrey Fleming, an unfortunate young woman whose life -and body- are irreparably damaged following an abduction by a heinous serial killer. Though Aubrey pulls off a miraculous escape from the clutches of the madman, she does so with deep-seated psychological scars, plus the loss of a hand, a leg, and untold amounts of blood. While Aubrey's parents view her return as a veritable answer to their prayers, they must soon confront an outrageous and seemingly inexplicable twist: the girl who returned claims another identity -that of a young woman named Dakota. She also exhibits a wholly different personality and mannerisms than Aubrey did, and -more frighteningly- insists that Aubrey is still very much alive, in the throes of the maniac's grip, and only inches away from death. ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide

Fun Fact: "Dakota" is the name of Lindsay's real-life little brother.

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"A credible piece of pop entertainment," says Stephen Hunter of the Washington Post:
Lindsay Lohan Gets An 'A' for a B-Flick! (Thanks to Bill Walsh for posting a link at Final Girl.)

Official Site: iknowwhokilledme.com

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Elise said...

I've never heard of the film but I'll probably check in out. It looks okay