Identity Blu-ray Review – A Modern Film Noir Classic?

Identity is a 2003 psychological thriller film starring a fabulous cast that includes the likes of John Cusack, Ray Liotta and Rebecca De Mornay to mention just three. The film takes place for the most part at motel during a storm. It extremely atmospheric but is it worth your time? Let’s find out here’s my Identity Blu-ray Review.

  • Identity (2003)
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller
  • Directed by James Mangold
  • Running Time: 90 mins
  • UK Rating 15
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Sony Pictures
  • Blu-ray Released: 30 April 2007
Plot

Ten people find themselves stuck at motel due to a storm. With the roads flooded the only thing they can do is wait out the storm. However when the murders start everyone begins to suspect each other.

Style / Direction

The films directed by James Mangold whilst the cinematography is handled by Phedon Papamichael Jr. The film screams film noir, it’s exceptionally well shot. I mean it’s incredibly atmospheric. Who doesn’t love a stormy night for a film setting? It a very well made and stylish looking movie.

Music / Audio Effects

The music score comes from Alan Silvestri. It does an excellent job of ramping up the tension against the background of the already un-nerving thunder storm.

Acting / Characters

The acting is exceptionally good whilst the characters are all very different and interesting. For instance John Cusack plays Edward Dakota a limousine driver and former cop. Ray Liotta plays the cop arriving with a prisoner forced to seek refuge at the motel. Meanwhile Amanda Peet plays Paris Nevada, a prostitute looking to make a fresh start. Or how about John Hawkes as Larry Washington the motel owner with a secret he’s keen to keep hidden.

As I say these are all extremely interesting characters in their own right. Put them all together in a motel and it really comes together perfectly.

Cast
  • John Cusack as Edward Dakota
  • Ray Liotta as Samuel Rhodes
  • Amanda Peet as Paris Nevada
  • Clea DuVall as Ginny Virginia
  • William Lee Scott as Lou Isiana
  • Rebecca De Mornay as Caroline Suzanne
  • John Hawkes as Larry Washington
  • Leila Kenzle as Alice York
  • John C. McGinley as George York
  • Bret Loehr as Timothy York
  • Jake Busey as Robert Maine
  • Pruitt Taylor Vince as Malcolm Rivers
  • Alfred Molina as Dr. Malick
  • Holmes Osborne as Judge Taylor
Conclusion: Identity (2003) Film Review

In all honesty I cannot praise this film enough. It’s looks and feels film noir simply oozing style and atmosphere. The story is exceptional well constructed with plenty of red herrings and twists and turns. It’s set in a remote motel and a stormy night and I love it. Oh and then there’s the fantastic casting, everyone of the main characters is played to perfection. Cusack in particular is brilliant but so too are Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet and John Hawkes.

If like me this film passed you by it really is a must see movie. I consider it to be an instant classic you need to see.

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Conclusion: Identity Blu-ray Review

The film has no issues to report on the picture quality front so I’ll move on to the extras. There is really only a 15 minute overview with cast and crew which doesn’t really reveal anything new if you have watched the movie. Other than that there are deleted scenes and storyboards.

Extras
  • Audio Commentary from Director/Writers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Storyboard
  • Star On Set (15 mins)
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On to my movie rating for Identity (2003)

  • Movie Rating: EXCELLENT
  • Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
  • Extras: GOOD

Identity (2003) is available now on Blu-ray.

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Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Trailer may not representative of the Blu-ray version

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Summary: Identity (2003) Blu-ray Review

Director(s): James Mangold

Actor(s): John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina, Rebecca De Mornay, Clea DuVall, John C. McGinley

Genre: Psychological Thriller

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Picture Rating
  • Extras
4.7

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