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5.21 h 38 min2017X-Ray15
Detectives Archer (Al Pacino) and Ruiney (Karl Urban) race to catch a twisted serial killer, who murders by the rules of the children's game, Hangman.
Johnny Martin
Al PacinoKarl UrbanBrittany Snow
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Sarah Shahi
Johnny Martin
Moonstone Films
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3.6 out of 5 stars

583 global ratings

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Stuartb3502Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Avoid, unless you’re studying film and want a case study in wrong, wrongity wrong.
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I’d not heard of this but thought Al Pacino, Keith Urban, Sarah Shahi? Can’t be all bad? It can, and then some. I should have maybe checked out the director as well. Johnny Martin has been in the film business since 18 so should know a thing or two. Unfortunately, most of that time was as a stuntman. To his credit he’s built a career since as a second unit director and now director. Capturing some extra action scenes or whatever as second unit director is fine, but clearly provides no relevant experience for overall artistic control of script, dialogue or obtaining performances from even such capable talent as available here.

And so it proves. The story is trash with our heroes bumping into the killer at every crime scene without ever managing to capture him. So maybe next time bring some backup and surround the place? The whole premise is based around a game of hangman (I don’t think I’m giving anything away there, and it’s hard to “spoil” this movie more than the director already has), but no one ever tries to actually solve the hangman word. And our dynamic duo (whose wife was brutally murdered) fail to spot that her murder looks obviously like one of the new crimes. Cringe, cringe, cringe.

Pacino is not in fine form here. He tries to bring a mishmash of pieces of character we’ve seen before, but there’s no spark. I’m not that familiar with Brittany Snow’s work (although she’s clearly a very experienced actor). She’s mostly competent here, but the big scene where she reveals her past trauma is as completely unconvincing a piece of acting as you’re ever likely to see.

This seems overall to have been a cynical way to get some Georgia film board finance and for our actors to pick up a quick pay check for not a lot of work.

Useful as a lesson for film students to understand how to get it badly wrong even when you have a lot of the boxes ticked. It is baffling to me how whoever funded it, could watch a screening and not tell them to go and rework it. It is dreadful (although probably cheap apart from actor’s fees). They must have thought the names would carry it or perhaps already had an Amazon Prime deal in place.
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AngieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 October 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Gloss, big names...still not great
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I often have a discussion with my 4 siblings about who is the better actor, Robert D'Niro or Al Pachino. I favour Robert De Niro and here's why. Robert De Niro is a natural actor...the most natural and talented American actor I have seen to date. Al Pachino, in contrast, acts too much, and by that I mean he is too precise and careful with his short he tries too hard. That's not to say he isn't brilliant, he certainly is with Serpico, for example, as fine a piece of method acting as you'd see. But that style of acting didn't work in this film and it felt slow and plodding and the Southern accent to me (admittedly I'm British so probably don't know what I'm talking about!) felt too exact. I'll give you an example of what I mean by that...I have a Swiss friend, of the German variety. who speaks English fluently with barely an accent. She says each word perfectly and there is no regional variation such as when cockney's change th to's perfect but sounds off...that's what Al Pachino's accent sounded like to me. Karl Urban was fantastic in this and he can have all 3 stars to himself. If he had been the only male lead I would have given it 4 stars. I docked one because the film rambled a bit here and there. Having said all that it wasn't bad and I would recommend it to friends but tell them that they probably wouldn't put it in their Al Pachino top ten.
Bee BeeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 July 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Truly aweful, how did Al Pacino get involved in this terrible movie.
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I cant believe that Al Pacino agreed to do this movie. The script and story line is so bad that not even Pacino could bring any life into it. As for the killer being able to prepare and stage each consecutive murder precisely 24hrs apart, including kidnapping each victim in exactly the right place and plastering loads of clues all over the walls, trip wires and god knows what else is just ridiculous. A journalist who is allowed to fully access the crime scenes, take pictures on her own personal phone and then act like she's a detective, the killer escaping from several of the murder scenes, its obvious that all the victims are being hung yet none of them ever take anything to cut them down quickly at the next murder scene......and despite having 4 or 5 letters in the hangman puzzle and a room full of people and computers, they can't even predict possible answers to the clues. Utter rubbish!!! Don't waste your time.
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Mr. Pn AshReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 June 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
ok did i miss something
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i have saw all these bad reviews i have just watched im fair its not the best movie but its gotta humdinger of a hook at the end and when the great man dies karl urban looks like he has been dragged through a hedge then put into a tumble dryer he is so strung out by the case and the cost to all its surprising he,s still not in therapy its like a cat playing with a ball of string you,ll work out some bits but not all my only minor spoiler bit and it is quite cryptic think on scream
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Aneta M.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 June 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Al, why did you???
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I will never understand: a) why Al Pacino agreed to play in this horrible film, and b) why he was so horribly bad in it. Did someone blackmail the man to take part? I mean, we are used to Al Pacino being a master, and here he seems to be either drunk or on drugs most of the time, acts like he still hasn't quite woken up, mumbles his lines with zero conviction in what he's saying... oh boy, it is all so bad! :-( I LOVE Al Pacino, I wanted to like him here, but it is not possible. The film is also absolute rubbish, boring and deprived of any logic.
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ChrisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 October 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Okay but not memorable
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It's another run of the mill serial killer film along the lines of Se7en but nowhere near as good. It's not completely awful - an easy watch without needing to engage too many braincells - but plot and storyline seem to have a few too many holes and are somewhat far-fetched and unrealistic. It's a bit lazy and stereotyped with the characters who you can't help feeling you've all seen before. I think they did this kind of film much better back in the late nineties and unfortunately they've not yet found a way to inject new ideas.
DavidLReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 September 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Could (should) have been so much better
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Hangman is very much a run of the mill, by the numbers serial killer movie, that manages to be dull as opposed to tense. While it has a great cast they are mostly wasted and have no chemistry, with Al Pacino mumbling and sleepwalking through the whole film. The plot is obvious and as the title suggests involves a killer whose ‘MO’ is based around the hangman game, yet the mystery word is barely mentioned, probably only three or four times which is rather surprising. It only cost £1.99 to rent, but I feel I was over charged.
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Jennifer Ann KayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 October 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
ok, put off though by duff acting.
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Why do they have to put old men (ladies) in lead parts that everyone realizes they are past their sell by date (except them). When you remember exactly what Al Pacino looked like and the excellent acting of all of his parts depicting so many different rolls, it was such a shame to see him in this. Put me off actually. If he's short of money (you never know nowadays) then God bless him, but if he had true friends, they would have had a word in his ear. The storyline was ok but to me, everything seemed laboured.
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