Faces in the Crowd..
Written and directed by Julian Magnat,
Faces in the Crowd stars the lovely Milla Jovovich, a primary school
teacher named Anna who becomes the only known survivor of a deadly
serial killer known as Tearjerk Jack. To compound the situation,
her character also suffers from "face blindness", a real-life brain
disorder that prevents people from remembering faces.
Although what starts as an interesting
story with some interesting special effects where everyone looks the
same, the story begins to derail very early in the piece. Unfortunately
Jovovich is forced to play the innocent victim or the damsel in distress
in this rather predictable thriller that opens up a whole can of worms
for plot inconsistencies. Sure, her character Anna cannot recognise
people but why does everyone sound the same?
So how did Anna survive this serial killer?
Fate intervened and while she was about to become the next victim of the
killer, she fell from a bridge which caused her to have Prosopagnosia,
the brain disorder known as face blindness. Unfortunately she cannot
identify the suspect because she can never remember what people look
like. This is the conundrum. The serial killer also knows where Anna
lives which is where Detective Kerrest (Julian McMahon) comes into the
As Anna is forced into hiding, she falls
for her detective but as we all know, the serial killer is always one
step ahead of our hero and the damsel in distress. Unfortunately this
predictable thriller leaves quite a bit to be desired and even for fans
of Milla Jovovich, her performance falls flat. It's an interesting story
that ultimately fails to create a strong thriller and is filled with
clichés and too many plot holes.