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Taking Lives is a crime thriller that was released in 2004 staring Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke and Keifer Sutherland.

Jolie plays FBI Agent Illeana Scott, flown (for puzzling reasons not well explained) into Montreal to assist with the investigation of a murderer. Hawke plays a witness to the crime, whom she must protect. The case gets interesting when she deduces that the killer is actually stealing the identities of his victims, making him harder to track. Olivier Martinez and Jean Hughes Angalade also star as detectives assigned to the case.

The film is a relatively by-the-numbers crime thriller, taking heavy cues from Se7en in terms of tone and style (the opening credits are almost plagiarised), but is still an enjoyable watch. Critical reception was mixed, though generally positive. The consensus seems to be that it's nothing new into the genre, but it's entertaining nonetheless. The biggest criticism seems to be how easy it is to spot The Reveal even from the start of the film.

The film is based on a novel by Michael Pye, but is adapted very loosely. For starters, Jolie's character doesn't appear in the novel.


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