"I Know Who Killed Me' is certainly not the break-out thriller that Lohan had hoped it would be. Rather it's a cheeky teen trash flick with delusions of grandeur.
I Know Who Killed Me (2007, Blu-ray and DVD)
Directors: Chris Sivertson
Producers: Frank Mancuso Jr.
Writers: Jeffrey Hammond
Features: * Alternate Opening * Alternate Ending * Extended Strip Sequence * Blooper Reel * 51. PCM Uncompressed Audio * Dolby 5.1 TrueHD
Lindsay Lohan ... Aubrey Fleming / Dakota Moss
Julia Ormond ... Susan Fleming
Neal McDonough ... Daniel Fleming
Brian Geraghty ... Jerrod Pointer
I Know Who Killed Me Blu-ray Review
In many ways, Lindsay Lohan is damn lucky she got knee deep in trouble shortly before the release of this trashy teen pot boiler because it certainly would have killed her career as a serious actress. As it stands, the film came and went like dust in the wind because no one was interested in giving Lohan the time of day. "I Know Who Killed Me" might have looked good on paper to an unschooled teen actress with no real love for film. Because if one had any knowledge of the film spectrum, one would have turned down this incompetent David Cronenberg/Brian De Palma wannabe for what it is, a pile of utter and complete trash.
"I Know Who Killed Me" is marginally entertaining, mainly because Lohan's phoning it in and it shows to near comical degree. The film is terribly plotted with twists and turns that hardly make sense and when they do, they are predictable beyond reason. Having watched and studied, extensively, the writing and styles of David Cronenberg, Brian De Palma and Alfred Hitchcock, I managed to predict just who the killer was less than five minutes into the feature. It wasn't an obvious choice either, but the writing was so clearly on the wall, it was downright pathetic.
"I Know Who Killed Me" follows a young high school girl named Aubrey Fleming who's kidnapped by a vicious serial killer. She seemingly escapes and, upon her return, she appears to be someone else entirely, a girl named Dakota Moss. Is she suffering from amnesia or a delusion, or is she really someone else? Take your pick of those, you'll probably be right (hint, it's the most contrived and convoluted one).
What makes "I Know Who Killed Me" so frustrating is just how smart it thinks it is. The film parades around like it has something deep to say but it goes about it's business in the most shallow of ways--not to mention that it borrows, maybe even steals, an idea or ten from the Showtime series "Dexter", which is based on the 2004 novel. Did our writer watch a little T.V. or read a book before scripting this inept film? Again, like "Mr. Brooks", "Dexter" is a superior work that makes this film look like amateur night by comparison.
It isn't helped by the fact that everyone appears bored with the film. The actors deliver weak performances, particularly Lindsay Lohan who's either deeply affected by her crazy nightlife or she was distracted by the wobbly direction. It's not totally clear. In what little supplements this disc has, we can see that the director seeming didn't know how to direct his cast as most of the bloopers involve the director forgetting to provide direction for his stars You can see several moments where actors get upset with the lack of motive, even Lohan during two key scenes. On the other hand (pun coming), Lohan is given a, and I'm not kidding about this one, bionic arm and leg (there it is) after losing two of her limbs to the serial killer. This could just be lazy writing, or it could be the demand of a lazy actress who didn't 't wish to spend her filming days churning out a psychical performance. Either way you cut it, it's stupid beyond reason, and lazy too.
"I Know Who Killed Me" is an unimportant, tired, weakly directed, poorly performed trash teen flick built for an audience who's never experience cerebral terror. It's loaded with shallow symbolism (ohh, red and blue lighting, how inventive), bad writing and unintentional humor. The film is also riddled with tepid temptations of the flesh and over-the-top gore fit for a shock horror picture. It's the perfect film to ignore during Lohan's "social crisis" and she should thank her lucky stars that not many will likely see it.
Film Report Card:
As entertainment: D
As a film: F
HD and DVD REVIEW:
This is a review of the "I Know Who Killed Me" DVD and Blu-ray disc.
Sony presents "I Know Who Killed Me" in a lush 2.40:1 widescreen and 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video. Sony is still having some issues with black levels bleeding a bit, but most of the errors from Sony last new release, "Hostel: Part II" seem to be fixed here. We are given a rather vivid, sharp presentation that's heavily peppered with bright, vibrant colors (thanks to that dominating red and blue symbolism). It makes for a striking image that's only faulted by occasional film grain during some of the darker sequences, particularly those shot in the strip club. A fine transfer for a terrible movie.
Again, the film is presented in anamorphic widescreen 2.40:1 and looks quite stunningly with solid blues and reds enveloping the viewer and while detail is not a sharp as the Blu-ray edition, this is still a great transfer, even for DVD.
Sony gives us two tracks to choose from. I prefer the PCM tracks over the TrueHD so I gave the PCM track the dominant listen but popped the film back and forth between the PCM and the TrueHD mix. Both were surprisingly subdued considering the exploitative nature of the film. I expected robust, dominant surround effects, but got a rather finely mixed track with even distribution among all five channels. The center channel does most of the work, but it's never overworked nor is it overcrowded. A subdued track, yes, but also not a bad track either.
DVD owners get a pretty standard Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The mix is not as robust as the Blu-ray disc, but it does a pretty good job with a pretty weak film. Surround effects are again kept to a minimum and the overall presentation is surprisingly subdued, but well mixed.
Extras are the same on both the Blu-ray release and the DVD release.
Not surprisingly, Sony gives us virtually nothing in terms of supplements. We're not even given the film's misleading theatrical trailer which painted the film like it was some sort of ghost story.
What we do get are two deleted scenes, one being a completely worthless alternate opening and the other being an alternate ending. The alternate ending convinced me of a suspicion I had about the film and it's worth a watch, though it's not done well and was rightfully cut.
Also, we get an extended, even more gratuitous and pointless strip sequence. Don't expect to see any more nudity from Lohan, who never once sheds off more than a t-shirt, even when she's "stripping." I get the feeling that Lohan chose this film to be edgy and to push herself away from her kid-friendly Disney image. It didn't work, but her real life social situation did.
Finally, we're treated to an unfunny 'blooper reel' that's more irritating than hilarious. Most of the gags involve the director either not giving proper stage direction and the actors getting frustrated or the director forgets to say 'cut' and leaves the actors stranded in their characters. Watch this only for insight into the inner workings of a bad film waiting to happen.
Nothing here, sorry.
"I Know Who Killed Me' is certainly not the break-out thriller that Lohan had hoped it would be. Rather it's a cheeky teen trash flick with delusions of grandeur. It sort of reminded me of "Wicker Park" and "Disturbia" in a lot of ways. All the films wanted to be great, but are so inept and shallow, they miss the mark entirely. At least the a/v presentation is stellar so fans of the film should enjoy this disc, but don't look for supplements loaded with "insight" because they're just not here.
Blu-ray Report Card:
HD Content: N/A
Overall Value: C-
DVD Report Card:
Overall Value: C-
On Blu-ray disc and DVD: November 27th, 2007
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