Synopsis: After years of pursuing psychotic killers in Los Angeles, FBI Agent Joel Campbell (James Spader) wants out. His now nemesis, serial killer David Allen Griffin (Keanu Reeves), has tracked him all the way to Chicago, just to torment him. Before each murder Griffin sends Campbell a photograph of his intended victim and dares him to find her before he strikes again. Now with every tick of the clock and amidst the pulse-pounding action, this stone cold killer turns up the heat.
So this little gem, (The Watcher) was another two dollar bin find at my local market. What can I say, digging into this pile of unwanted of films, some sealed, has become my obsession to a point. Anyway, it's very rare that my selection of unwanted treasures, disappoints. The Watcher, starring Marisa Tomei, Keanu Reeves and James Spader, didn't disappoint and will live out the rest of it's days in my collection.
The storyline is well paced and will keep you gripped, with very little to no dead space. The dialogue between the characters plays into the whole 'charming charisma' dynamic, portrayed well within the film. The depth of character written for each character and portrayed well by their actors / actresses definitely was intriguing, believable and really pulled you in.
Although more action, thriller and crime based, the watcher is done in a darker way, tipping it's toes into underlying horror tones, which is something I really appreciated about The Watcher.
If I had to say anything negative, it's that they needed a bigger budget for the explosions, which were definitely a poor skilled CGI, based on the quality of other special effects throughout this film. Other than that, small inconvenience, I would highly recommend you watch The Watcher at least once. Trailer courtesy of Movie Clips Classic Trailers...