The early 2000’s were not known for having the best selection of movies. While this era did give us good movies, they were few and far between in my opinion. One that has always stood is the criminally overlooked psychological thriller/murder mystery Identity staring John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Pete and Alfred Molina. With a terrific blend of classic who-done-it tropes, mixed in with a modern, intense and dark thriller, Identity is a film that needs more viewings. It’s a smart, complex, well-written film with a great twist ending and one that deserve more love and attention.

Why People Have Forgotten Identity…

Thankfully, this film didn’t bomb. Identify was made for $28 million and took home over $90 million at the box office. It was a success but sadly received only mixed to positive reviews. Currently on Rotten Tomatoes, Identify hold a 62% from critics and a 75% from audiences. I will definitely claim that this movie is better than its rating and that many people didn’t understand this film when it first came out. I however, challenge those who are reading this, whether or not you’ve seen Identity before, to go back and see it again. It was a film that was ahead of its time in many ways and as a huge fan of murder mystery, it’s one of the best modern examples that I’ve ever seen.

Why I Personally Love Identity…

There’s no doubt about it, Identity is a challenging film. Not in the same sense as a 2001 or Interstellar but it does have some twisting moments that will leave you guessing. Like any good murder mystery, the identity (get it) of the murder should be unsuspected and not an easy thing to guess. I personally have never known anyone who guessed who the murderer was in this film, which is credit to the brilliant writing.

I grew up on Agatha Christie novels and have watched her movie adaptations like Death on the Nile and The Orient Express several times. I also grew up watching the 1970’s and 1980’s murder mystery revival on television. That era gave us shows like Colombo, Banacek, McLeod, McMillan & Wife and the best of them all, Murder, She Wrote. I’m usually one of those people who can guess who the murderer is pretty quickly into the film or TV show. I know what to look for and have a deep understanding of the classic murder mystery format. You can say that I’ve read it and seen it all of my life. I’m also a fan of the Agatha Christie novel And Then There Were None, which has been adapted into several movies over the years. One of which is called 10 Little Indians. In fact, Identity is considered a modern version of And Then There Were None and is the best adaptation in my opinion.

While the set up in Identity has been seen many times before. A group of strangers, all with unique personalities, find themselves stranded in one place (time this a motel) during a rain storm, Identity is really about something completely different. I don’t want to give any of the plot away but I found the use of the murder mystery, which brings forth another, deeper story, to be very interesting. This is something we haven’t ever seen before, was ahead of its time and it needs to be praised.

If you’re looking for a good who-done-it, you should check out Identity. If you like intense psychological thriller, you should check out Identity. However, Identity is more than just those two genres. If you haven’t seen Identity and are looking for a different kind of film that takes familiar tropes but adds a unique twist to them, then you should definitely check out Identity. It’s a terrific film and if one of my favourites of all time. It will keep you guessing and give you something to talk about as soon as the film is over.

That’s something not many movies now-a-day do.