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I Know Who Killed Me (2007)

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Genres:
Psychological Thriller, Thriller
Director:
Chris Sivertson Chris Sivertson
Starring:
Bonnie Aarons Bonnie Aarons
Lindsay Lohan Lindsay Lohan
Michael Adler Michael Adler
Julia Ormond Julia Ormond
Garcelle Beauvais Garcelle Beauvais

3.5 / 10 - Overall Rating

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An idyllic small town is rocked when Aubrey Fleming, a bright and promising young woman, is abducted and tortured by a sadistic serial killer. When she manages to escape, the traumatized girl who regains consciousness in the hospital insists that she is not who they think she is and that the real Aubrey Fleming is still in mortal danger. --TMDb
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Review by Chad
Added: December 03, 2007
It'd be incredibly easy for me to ignore the movie at hand and just crack a bunch of jokes at Lindsay Lohan's expense. I could mention her stint in rehab which coincided with the promotion of this film, and I could very easily poke fun at how her infamous striptease scene in here is relatively tame compared to the numerous upskirt and slipping-out shots found on the internet. I'm not going to do that though, as damned near every review out there has already beaten me to it, and besides... the movie wasn't all that bad. Yes, you read that right: I Know Who Killed Me wasn't as horrible as I expected it to be, and in fact, it was actually a decent night in front of the tube. A year-end winner it's not, but when it comes to these psychological thrillers with twist endings, I can honestly say that I've seen much, much worse.

The storyline for this one deals with a serial killer who has a thing for amputating the limbs of his victims, and it just so happens that the pretty do-gooder Aubrey Fleming (Lindsay Lohan) is his second victim. Unlike his first, however, Aubrey manages to escape her tormentor, and although she's now missing a hand and a foot, she's still alive... but she's not who she used to be. You see, when she comes to her senses in the hospital, she reveals that she is, in fact, Dakota Moss, a former stripper who has led a hard life with a crackhead mother and no other family to speak of. This comes as a shock to her parents, who have raised her from birth in a fairly sheltered environment, resulting in a good girl with good grades. She discusses her entire alternate-life story with anyone who will listen, and to the surprise of both her parents and her boyfriend, none of this matches up with the life that Aubrey led before being kidnapped... even though DNA records show that Aubrey and "Dakota" are both the same person. What follows is a long road towards physical and mental recovery as Aubrey / Dakota attempts to figure out who she really is, and more importantly, who did this to her.

I'm going to go on record here as saying that the only reason this movie got such a negative reaction is because of Lindsay Lohan, and to an extent, that's fair enough. This woman certainly wasn't on top of her game here, and honestly, she would have been a bad choice for this role even if she hadn't decided that drinking and partying was more important than turning in a good performance. Yes, this woman's appearance here sort of doomed the film from the moment she was announced as the leading lady, but I tried to watch it without damning it before the credits had even rolled (unlike a lot of other critics), and with Lohan's horrible performance aside, it wasn't anywhere near as bad as it's been made out to be.

Now, this is not to say that it's a perfect film, nor is it even a particularly great one. There were some bad decisions made here, there are a couple of plot points that turned out to be a little silly, and - as the alternate ending on the DVD proves - it seems as though the filmmakers were torn as to where to take the movie even while they were shooting it. I also wasn't a huge fan of Lohan's sex scene, as it comes out of nowhere and really kills the mood of the film. Why this was even included is beyond me, as you can't even point to gratuitous nudity as an excuse since the best we get out of this scene is a shot of her in her bra (which was unintentional, since she was supposed to be nude - some editing would have worked wonders here). With all things considered, this is not a film that you're going to want to rush out and purchase, but when it comes to psychological thrillers with interesting storylines and intriguing twists, one could very easily find much worse.

The main strength of the film is the way that we're made to care about what in the hell is really going on with Aubrey / Dakota. This main plot point is revealed about thirty minutes into the running time, and it could have very easily turned into a "who cares?" piece of the puzzle in the wrong hands; however, I genuinely wanted to know where they were going with this, and the way that the clues were slowly revealed left me wanting more right up until the moment when all was revealed. I was also pleasantly surprised by the cinematography on display here; watch for the various ways that the color blue is used as one example, and watch the striptease sequence as another - this may have been designed to titillate, but it was also shot extremely well. I truly believe that had someone else been in the leading role and had everything else about this film remained the same, it wouldn't have received half the criticism that it did.

Fans of psychological thrillers may want to look into this one as it's far from the piece of shit that many have made it out to be, but on the other hand, it's not a movie that's going to find its way onto many "best of" lists either. It tells an interesting story and will keep you hooked until the end, but once you've gotten to that point, you'll realize that there were quite a few flaws along the way. Check it out, but wait for two-for-one night or wait until it hits the bargain bin. 5/10.
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bluemeanie #1: bluemeanie - added 12/04/2007, 02:49 PM
Are you kidding? Is this a joke? I walked out of this film about an hour into it. There was no way it could improve. Lindsay Lohan gives one of the single worst performances I have ever seen and the film is just bad...really...really...bad. 0/10. Yuck. I had already forgotten all about it.
Chad #2: Chad - added 12/04/2007, 04:35 PM
Lohan isn't exactly an award-winner, I'll give you that, but the surrounding movie was entertaining enough. I stand by my statement: if Lohan had been replaced with anyone else, this film wouldn't have received half of the criticism that it did.
bluemeanie #3: bluemeanie - added 12/04/2007, 04:49 PM
Considering the film was written for Lindsay Lohan, if she hadn't been attached, the film would never have been made, so I would have LOVED for someone else to replace here, in that respect. I just couldn't find a single redeeming quality in this piece of crap. The writing was awful, the production quality was piss poor, the performances were lackluster at best and it felt like it would have even been a weak direct-to-DVD release. I stand by my yuck.
Chad #4: Chad - added 12/04/2007, 04:58 PM
I was not aware that it was specifically written for Lohan, but still - this exact same movie, minus Lohan, plus some random actress, and people wouldn't have been griping as much. I'm not saying that it's a perfect movie by a long shot (just look at my rating), but it was entertaining.
bluemeanie #5: bluemeanie - added 12/04/2007, 05:15 PM
Lindsay Lohan = Entertaining? OK. Maybe if I was straight, I would understand that.
Crispy #6: Crispy - added 12/04/2007, 05:17 PM
As a straight man, she lost her "entertainment" about 20 pounds ago. Girl seriously needs a cheeseburger.
Chad #7: Chad - added 12/04/2007, 05:19 PM
Wait... I liked her striptease sequence, but other than that, no sir - she wasn't exactly entertaining. I was referring to the rest of the movie: the storyline, mainly. I can overlook bad acting if the film warrants it, and I thought this story was entertaining. Again, I'm not saying it was a movie of the year candidate, but it was entertaining.
bluemeanie #8: bluemeanie - added 12/05/2007, 01:57 AM
Don't you love how I'm totally bashing you very marginally liking a film? Sometimes, I hate me too.
Chad #9: Chad - added 12/05/2007, 02:23 AM
You're a stubborn bastard, I'll give you that much.
Alex P #10: Alex P - added 12/06/2007, 07:29 PM
dude...you gave House of Wax a 6.5. how can you argue over the 5 this movie got. Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan are like the same exact kind of person.
bluemeanie #11: bluemeanie - added 12/07/2007, 01:32 AM
I sure did and stand by it. "House of Wax" at least had a solid foundation to an extent. And my 6.5 was very much based on my wanting to have sex with two of the lead actors in the film. I don't want to have sex with Lindsay Lohan. Ever.
Nirrad #12: Nirrad - added 12/07/2007, 02:27 PM
.....Thats because you're gay.
bluemeanie #13: bluemeanie - added 12/07/2007, 03:17 PM
That's because I'm not desperate.
Crispy #14: Crispy - added 12/07/2007, 03:48 PM
I am not gay, and I agree with Billy Ray. Now I thought she was smoking back in the day, but until she knocks off the living skeleton look, she looks utterly disgusting.
George Snow #15: George Snow - added 08/11/2008, 03:28 AM
This was not a little indie This went through studio channels. How no one caught onto the fact that the script was written 100% ass backwards is incredible. This script can be used as a template for how not to write a screenplay.

The basic premise great. The surprise ending very good. Every scene HORRIBLE. Lohan was actually the only thing good in this movie.

If you break down this movie scene by scene, nothing happens. Everything is explained in terrible exposition. Then the banging over the head of the blue and red. Dakota pulls the whole twin story out of thin air. The awful acting, the horrible music, the plot holes. Terrible waste of film. Though I have to admit, I laughed my ass off for most of the movie. But, I don't think that's what the film makers had in mind.
Crispy #16: Crispy - added 07/06/2010, 01:01 AM
Lohan sucked. The plot was offensively retarded. Sivertson should never direct another movie again; that red/blue gimmick alone was fucking stupid. The "twist" was predictable and anticlimatic. The only thing worse than this movie is a reviewer giving it a positive mark.
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