★★★★★ FROM NOW / RATED MA15+
JOHN CLANCY (Anthony Hopkins) is a psychic brought in to help on a serial killer investigation by his FBI pal. But he starts to suspect the killer might have powers of his own. The film is basically a police procedural driven by Clancy’s clairvoyance rather than any forensic skill (FBI and police experts are only there to be amazed by Hopkins, just as you will be amazed how close his hair is to being a mullet) — a scene where Clancy is compared to a police sniffer dog is too apt, as his police handlers trail passively behind him as follows the scent. Some good mini-twists, as Clancy “sees” possible futures that may or may not come to pass; but overall, it plods towards a fairly predictable climax. Hopkins brings some patrician class to the role: hearing him intone insights into the mysterious killer evokes Dr Lecter, although neither the character nor the movie ever approaches those levels. It all walks a well-trodden path, but it’s an enjoyable stroll and doesn’t outstay its welcome.
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