On a remote island, the FBI has a training program for their psychological profiling division, called "Mindhunters", used to track down serial killers. The training goes horribly wrong, however, when a group of seven young agents discover that one of them is a serial killer, and is setting about slaying the others. Can the few that are left figure out who the killer is in time? Written by
Wayne Kramer sold the original spec screenplay of "Mindhunters" to 20th Century Fox. The title of his screenplay was originally called "UNSUB" (Unknown Subject) - but Fox executives preferred the title: MINDHUNTERS and changed it right before the deal was announced to the entertainment press. Kramer never felt comfortable with the title change because there was already a non-fiction book by John Douglas called MINDHUNTER. See more »
In the scene after they first arrive on the island, they are doing the bet with the Rubix Cube. When Bobby or Lucas looks at the watch, it says SAT on it. That is supposed to be Friday night. They are investigating the crime scene Saturday morning. They had just arrived there and are settling in. See more »
A sub standard Seven/Silence Of The Lambs etc wannabe that does not grip enough to overlook the plot holes. The murders go for maximum unpleasantness over any form of logic. It tends to work rather to hard to try to be shocking, and its hard to really care for the unsympathetic characters, so when they meet their elaborate and grizzly ends you don't feel any emotion except maybe for slight queasiness, and irritation about the impossibility of their dispatch.
The main impact that the film had on me was to make me realize, by the presence of Val Kilmer and Christian Slater, that many of the stars of the eighties seem to have faded away in last few years.
It is not a total disaster: There are some tense scenes, some reasonable performances and at least early on a certain atmosphere, but there are many other films that cover the same ground rather better.
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