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In 1983, on a lonely stretch of road, a vicious serial killer begins his infamous career. Twenty years later, when the police authorities of the city of Montreal realise they have a serial killer on their hands, they seek help from FBI agent Illeana Scott, Angelina Jolie. There was a witness to the latest killing: artist James Costa, Ethan Hawke, not only saw the murderer but he is able to draw his likeness. As the hunt for the killer becomes more intense and suspenseful, the witness and the investigator find themselves drawn to one another. Taking Lives is a thriller firmly in the tradition of Se7en. The twisty, tricky plot is designed to keep the audience off balance, though in retrospect it's all pretty unlikely. Angelina Jolie isn't entirely convincing as a crack FBI investigator (is there REALLY such a close relationship between the FBI and the Canadian police?), and Ethan Hawke's artist/witness is an oddly conceived character. Fortunately, there is plenty of colourful support. Gena Rowlands brings an edge to the character of the killer's mother, and a trio of fine French actors - Tcheky Karyo, Olivier Martinez and Jean-Hugues Anglade - are excellent as members of the Montreal police force. Kiefer Sutherland is the only genuine Canadian in the cast. Director D.J. Caruso's first feature, The Salton Sea, didn't get a cinema release here and I haven't seen it; Taking Lives suggests that he has a strong visual and dramatic sense, but perhaps he relies too much on predictable plotting.