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Denzel Washington and John Goodman play homicide detectives tracking a serial killer with strange powers in this thriller directed by Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear).

The film opens with detective John Hobbes (Washington) at the prison execution of a killer whom Hobbes was responsible for apprehending.

The evil that possessed this murderer is passed on to someone else who continues to pursue Hobbes.  He had been calling Hobbes to let him know where to find his latest victim and, shortly after his death, the phone calls and body count start up again.

The crime scenes are arranged and clues are left as messages to Hobbes, much like in the film Seven, although less graphic.

The cops are not after mere mortals here.  The demon spirit is transferred to someone simply by touching them while passing them on the street, which makes it pretty difficult to catch them.

Hobbes lives with his brother and young nephew.  By giving him a family writer Nicholas Kazan (Reversal of Fortune) makes Hobbes more human.

The film has a great look to it - dark, eerie and modern, but it also has an old fashioned feel to it.

I liked Washington in this role.  He's a thoughtful, terrific actor and you couldn't have a classier guy protecting the public.

It is rated R for adult language and violence.



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