Ewan McGregor plays Martin, a young man with a very normal life: He has a nice girlfriend, Katherine (Patricia Arquette), he goes to law school and he hangs out with his best friend James (Jorh Brolin); but Martin and Katherine need some money, so Martin gets a new job: He will be a "night watch-man" in a morgue (or something), where he'll work at nights, evidently.
Meanwhile, a serial killer is out there murdering prostitues; Martin gets to know the policeman on the case, Inspector Cray (Nick Nolte), when the later goes to the morgue when a new body arrives, a new murdered prostitute. By some really dumb reasons Martin and James started talking to a hooker, Joyce, who says some stuff Martin finds interesting, and will later cause more problems than expected.
The only other thing I will say about the plot is that somehow Martin thinks he's trying to be set up by someone, and eventually becomes a suspect to the murders; he has no clue of how to save himself.
This is a great thriller. The movie never loses it's dark atmosphere, which isn't really scary but definitely creepy. The film does a wonderful job of not revealing the killer's identity to a certain point where the audience is just desperate to know. Since we don't know who the killer is, director Bornedal did a great job making the characters look suspicios, like James for example, he seems like a complete nutcase who plays "funny jokes"; or the duty doctor (played by Brad Dourif), who acts weird and seems to really dislike Martin. The only thing I think could have made it better is a few more suspicios characters, but with what the film had is enough to make it exiting anyways.
I liked the film, this is one of my favourite genres. Performances by the main characters were great, very convincing. The plot is quite intriguing and the ending is fine, although some could say is a little bit predictable; I predicted something, but didn't ruin much of the film for me, it wasn't very important. I'd recommend this one to everyone who's in the mood for a nice thriller, you'll thank me later.
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