Directorial debut of Stephen Gaghan, "Oscar-winning" screenwriter of Traffic. An unmoored, becalmed suspense film about a missing-person case on a college campus. Every now and then he does a scene, or a shot, in blue or gold (more often blue), and every now and then he jiggles the camera -- filmmaking tips he might have picked up from Steven Soderbergh's handling of Traffic. You can tell he's serious, because if someone on screen is going to do some recreational reading, it will be Graham Greene or Albert Camus. You can't tell it, though, from the devious ways he sets up the unsurprising surprise ending. With Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Charlie Hunnam, and Zooey Deschanel. 2002.

Duncan Shepherd

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