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This psychological thriller from screenwriter Patrick Smith Kelly reunites him with his A Perfect Murder (1998) star Michael Douglas. Dr. Nathan Conrad (Douglas) is a respected adolescent therapist faced with a nightmarish scenario when his young daughter (Skye McCole Bartusiak) is snatched by Koster (Sean Bean), a criminal with a talent for high-tech surveillance. Conrad learns that the kidnapper is desperate for a critical piece of information known only to Elisabeth Burrows (Brittany Murphy), one of his catatonic pro bono patients. While his wife Aggie (Famke Janssen) remains at home,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fleder can only fling the camera about and indulge in some familiar screen sadism ... as he tries to squeeze a few thrills from material as desiccated as his leading man."
‑ Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"A well-crafted thriller that breaks no new ground but is an exciting diversion with plausible twists of logic and an exciting climax."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"This could have been a pretty tight little thriller if it weren't for the gaping, bleeding plot bulletholes."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Michael Douglas has to use nearly every acting trick in his arsenal to distract us from a plot that's as flimsy and fragile as a house of cards."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"As the film moves along, the action becomes more exaggerated, more coincidental, and more absurd, yet it never becomes any more exciting."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"In the place of consistent psychological tension, we are saddled with shoot-outs, chases, and fight scenes."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A big, noisy mess, with a howler at its center."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Rarely rises above the status of conventional thriller."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"O roteiro contém vários buracos colossais que tornam a trama ofensivamente inverossímil."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Shhh don't say a word ... it's not that good."
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"As an odyssey of paternal qualm, Fleder's forgettable thriller has a convincing edge, and Douglas remains unchallenged as Hollywood's most tremulous and disquieting dad-under-pressure."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"As generic as the title suggests, this routine psychological thriller about a yuppie shrink whose daughter is kidnapped can't be saved by Michael Douglas's screen presence."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Generic thriller."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Dull and drab, with a lack of imagination"
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"Heaps of implausibilities inhabit the ridiculously twisty plot, and questions abound."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
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