Taking Lives

D.J. Caruso (The Salton Sea) directed this competent but ultimately egregious thriller about an eccentric FBI profiler (Angelina Jolie) tracking a serial killer in Montreal. On the plus side, it isn’t boring, and Jolie and Ethan Hawke, who plays an art dealer and key witness, generate a certain amount of edgy chemistry. But eventually the filmmakers’ desire to shock and tease overtakes any feeling for character or common sense. Adapted by Jon Bokenkamp from a novel by Michael Pye; with Kiefer Sutherland, Gena Rowlands, Olivier Martinez, Tcheky Karyo, and Jean-Hughes Anglade. R, 100 min. (JR)

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