Film Review By Jason L. King
| Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Gossling, Ben Chaplin
Directed By: Barbet Schroder
Rated: Rated R for violence, language, a sex scene and brief drug use
Cassie Mayweather (Sandra Bullock) and her new partner Sam Kennedy (Ben Chaplin) are in charge of finding the killers in a homicide case. What they don’t know is that they will find themeselves working against two brilliant young men (Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt.) Although Cassie knows they are the true killers, she must engage in a battle of wits and hardnosed investigation to try and find the truth behind the homicide.
Both Ryan Gosling (Remember the Titans) and Michael Pitt are wonderful on the screen. They play their roles brilliantly, and give us a near flawless performance. Sandra Bullock on the other hand is just another pretty face with a big name. Any female actor could have played this role, except for maybe Whoopi Goldberg. However, Ben Chaplin (Birthday Girl) who plays Bullock’s partner does a decent job as a supporting role and make the film worth taking a look at. The plot seems to be lacking something, and drags on for what seems like forever. The plot tries to add an interesting twist when they begin to have Sandra Bullock do flashbacks to a previous related event in her life, but this seemed more of a hinderence to the plot rather than an advancement.
Overall, Murder by Numbers was an ok film but the the “numbers” just didn’t add up or if nothing else added up to be a negative number. It had potential to be a Great film, but finished off as a mediocre film. Is it worth your $6.25? Probably not. Is it worth ever checking it out? Sure is.