Earl Brooks is a highly respected businessman and was recently named Portland's Man of the Year. He hides a terrible secret however: he is a serial killer known as the Thumbprint Killer. He has been attending AA meetings and has kept his addiction to killing under control for two years now but his alter ego, Marshall, has re-appeared and is pushing him to kill again. When he does kill a couple while they are making love, he is seen and photographed by someone who also has his own death and murder fetish. In a parallel story, the police detective investigating the murder is having problems of her own. She is going through a messy divorce and a violent criminal who had vowed revenge some years before has escaped from prison and is after her. Written by
Dane Cook only had to read half the script to decide he wanted to play Mr Smith. See more »
CVS pharmacy signs are visible at various times throughout the
movie (most commonly during car rides), like when Mr. Brooks picks up Mr. Smith for the last time. CVS Pharmacies are not present in Portland, where the story is said to take place but are prevalent in L.A. where filming for many movies occurs. They are also common in Louisiana, where much of this film was shot. See more »
Mr. Earl Brooks:
Oh God... God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
Why do you fight it so hard, Earl?
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A thumbprint forms the backdrop for the end credits. See more »
Wow! What a great movie, was actually better than I had hoped walking in.
The script is original and smart, with a few dark comic moments added at the right moments. I am SO happy that "everyone" signed on to this movie! Like or hate Dane Cook, but he did a perfect job in this roll imo, as did everyone.
Looks like Hurt has settled into the perfect "type" of characters for his personality. (see him in A History of Violence, and Nightmares & Dreamscapes ep "Battleground") Was good to see Demi Moore back on the big screen, I hope this movie helps producers and directors give her more roles as she deserves and has the ability to do so much more imo And finally Mr. Costner was PERFECT for this role! We can hopefully look forward to a Mr. Brooks 2 :) A fun, interesting film that my wife and I give 2 big thumbs up and recommend to anyone looking for a very satisfying original thriller, done a bit differently, that executes perfectly.
Congrats Cast & Crew on a job well done! Roland
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