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I KNOW WHO KILLED ME: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
One night, exemplary college student Aubrey Fleming (Lindsay Lohan) is abducted and tortured by a sadistic serial killer. Her parents (Neal McDonough and Julia Ormond) are understandably concerned, as is her boyfriend Jerrod Pointer (Brian Geraghty). When she manages to escape, she has been maimed and insists her identity is that of Dakota Fleming, a stripper who works in a seedy club and that the real Aubrey Fleming is still in mortal danger.

Review by Louise Keller:
It is with a mix of fascination and curiosity that I watched this cheesy slasher thriller unravel. The film begins tantalisingly, showing Lohan in the guise of a provocatively clad pole dancer, wearing red bustier, black suspender belt, stockings and long red gloves. As her hand slides down the pole, the bright red of blood follows the glove. Is this fantasy or reality? We then meet Lohan's Aubrey, as she practices the piano. She wants to concentrate on her writing, she tells the teacher. We hear her reading part of an essay or story at college, in which she tells she has always felt like half a person, in search for the other half.

The film then turns into a murder mystery when a girl is found murdered with limbs and digits missing. Director Chris Sivertson starts building up the tension as Aubrey disappears after a ball game at night. There's blood and gore as her fingers are amputated. Could this be a fantasy or is it real? When she wakes up in hospital, she insists she is not Audrey, but the stripper Dakota Fleming, whose mother died of a drug overdose. Lohan tries to act tough as Dakota, but her performance borders on the ridiculous. The script is filled with discrepancies and the darkness and cinematic tricks that are meant to bewitch us, are unconvincing. There's a raunchy sex scene as boyfriend Jerrod (Brian Geraghty) test drives his girlfriend's sexual response (the scene when Jerrod races outside and asks the FBI if anyone has a condom is laughable). Audrey's parents (Neal McDonough and Julia Ormond) are understandably puzzled, and so are we.

There's a blue rose, blue gloves, a blue gag, a doll collection, a photo of a little girl on the beach and a man with a winged heart tattooed on his chest. By the time the storyline reveals where it is going, I had totally lost interest. There's plenty of blood, darkness, blood curdling screams and gore... Does any of it make sense? It is difficult to find anything positive to say about this confusing and long-winded thriller that is another mistake for its talented, but misguided young star.

DVD special features include an alternate opening sequence, a ridiculous alternate ending, an extended pole dancing sequence and some rather boring bloopers.

Published July 31, 2008



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I KNOW WHO KILLED ME: DVD (M)
(US, 2007)

CAST: Lindsay Lohan, Julia Ormond, Neal McDonough, Brian Geraghty, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, Spencer Garrett, Gregory Itzin

PRODUCER: Frank Mancuso Jr.

DIRECTOR: Chris Sivertson

SCRIPT: Jeff Hammond

CINEMATOGRAPHER: John R. Leonetti

EDITOR: Lawrence Jordan

MUSIC: Joel McNeely

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jerry Fleming

RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternate opening sequence, alternate ending, extended pole-dance sequence, bloopers

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Icon Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: July 30, 2008







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