“Suspect Zero” is about an FBI agent — played by Aaron Eckhart — who is being helped by a “remote viewer” (played by Ben Kingsley — that’s right, Spartacus, the same dude who played Gandhi) to find serial killers.  What is a remote viewer?  That’s someone who can see and/or feel what others are experiencing.  Call it ESP, second sight…whatever it is, Kingsley has it; and he is using his powers to track down and kill serial killers.  Kingsley also sends clues to Eckhart as to what he is doing so that Eckhart will help Kingsley achieve his goals.   Unfortunately for Kingsley, the FBI believe Kingsley is Suspect Zero: a serial killer who goes from coast to coast, killing numerous people and getting away with it.

The movie was okay.   Not very good, not bad, and you won’t feel like you’ve wasted your time.  The story is interesting, but overall, it felt like a direct to video movie.  Oh, there are many close up shots of Kingsley’s and Eckhart’s faces, grimacing, sweaty, full of emotional turmoil.  It lets you know, constantly and without a doubt, that these two guys have lots of serious, emotional issues.  I get it.  But seeing their faces fill up my t.v. on a regular basis was annoying.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Suspect Zero” is the scene when Kingsley is telling Eckhart of all the victims he saw and felt during their last moments of life, how they begged for their lives, how they offered the killers all manner of promises to live just a few more minutes.   The things we do, or are willing to do, to live another day, or hour, or minute.

I think most of us like to believe that we will die with dignity, that we won’t sacrifice our beliefs and morals just to survive.   When faced with an unbeatable enemy, we will stand up and die fighting, never begging or pleading.   Well, we won’t really know until that moment arrives, right?

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