The Bone Collector movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It definitely gets grisly and thrilling, but is appropriate for mature teens. But The Bone Collector is more satisfactory-paced than gory and won’t exactly grab the interest of everyone. 


A ex-homicide detective with quadriplegia and his partner begin on the case of a serial killer who abducts his victims, brutally kills them and starts leaving clues for the two.

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Movie details

Director: Phillip Noyce
Cast: Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker, Mike McGlone, Luis Guzman, Leland Orser, Ed O’Neill
Writer: Jeremy Iacone
Release Date (Australia): 18 November 1999
Runtime: 118 minutes/1h 58m
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film includes themes of murder and disturbing scenes in which dead bodies are depicted.

Violence (M)

The film contains depictions of shooting with brief accompanying small blood sprays, as well as injury detail in which wounds are depicted.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains use of the words “s**t”, “hell”, “damn” and “f**k”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains references to several drugs.

mpaa rating

R (for strong violent content including grisly images, and for language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Without Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, this slow-moving thriller would simply just be a dull, weak mystery. And although it can be quite tricky in certain areas, the film’s puzzle isn’t psychotic enough to fully engage. So The Bone Collector is pretty satisfactory, but is at least watchable.

So you can expect The Bone Collector to contain the usual decent performances of Washington and Jolie, but the cast saves the story from being completely flat. Compared to most mystery-thrillers and whodunnits, there isn’t too much to expect other than some suspense. This movie will have your attention but is mainly just dull in a watchable kind of way.

Yes, the pace is decent, but the film itself is just a bland and unexciting idea. The Bone Collector is likeable, but isn’t so much a story you’d wanna watch over and over again.

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