Expertly crafted thriller with a stunning turn by Williams. His character is a master class in restraint and sudden bursts of emotion. Truly a magnificent interpretation of the character. The supporting cast is equally good and Romanek's direction is precise and austere which fits the subject material nicely. Extra points for an excellent score and photography.
Really interesting movie. Manages to be totally effective in its creepiness without succumbing to the standard serial killer story. I especially liked the subtext about the "essence" of film, particularly in this world of digital images. I wasn't crazy about the final act, though. It got a little silly for me.
The "twist" at the end is totally unnecessary and in fact cheapens a lot of the interesting ideas the movie played with. Still, the use of color is phenomenal, Williams has a great performance and the moody, ambient soundtrack is just about perfect. Could've been amazing if it had just had a tighter script.
It turns out that it's frightening easy to be a psycho. Step 1, be a photographer. Step 2, take a lot of photos of a person. That person can be random, or someone famous. Best for them not to know you're doing it. Be obsessive, but strangely detached. Pin or tape the photos on your wall. Call it your art project. Don't let anyone see it. Presto changeo, you're a psycho.
I remember in high school when some blockbuster movie sold out and a friend and I went to see this instead. It really left me feeling unsettled for the next few days. This was my intro to eerie, quality cinema, an introduction I am quite thankful for. Riveting performance by Williams.
Williams does a great job, but his character deserved a more thoughtful movie than the generic thriller that this becomes. Still there's some very thin character study material worth checking out in his lonely times.