More than a few Bones to Pick
The Bone Collector
Review by Ross Anthony

Yes, it's thrilling, suspenseful and at times even bone-chilling. One woman's scream becomes a crying siren of emergency vehicles rushing to save her from being boiled alive. That's an effective scene change. In fact, "The Bone Collector" is a pretty good movie right up to the end where it makes a clean break into not being a very good movie -- fractured, as it were, in several places.

The on and off Denzel, is more on in this movie than off while Jolie is simply radiant. Denzel plays a paralyzed homicide investigator for whom the rookie cop Jolie becomes the eyes, ears and body. There's a killer loose, he's leaving all kinds of TV movie clues for Denzel to decode. The production, direction and acting work as a team to keep this film alive and kicking; unfortunately the poorly scripted climax overwhelms them all with stale anti-drama and ultimately leaves the picture itself somewhat hog-tied and whimpering.

  • The Bone Collector. Copyright © 1999. Rated R.
  • Starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah.
  • Directed by Phillip Noyce.
  • Screenplay by Jeremy Iacone.
  • Produced by Martin Bregman, Louis A. Stroller, Michael Bregman at Universal/Columbia


Copyright © 1999 Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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