Consider MR. BROOKS. A successful businessman. A generous philanthropist. A loving father and devoted husband. Seemingly, he’s perfect. But Mr. Brooks has a secret — he is also the notorious Thumbprint Killer and no one has ever suspected it — until now.
Academy Award winner Kevin Costner stars as Earl Brooks, a man who has managed to keep his two incompatible worlds from intersecting by controlling his cunning alter ego (Academy Award winner William Hurt). Neither his wife (Marg Helgenberger) or daughter (Danielle Panabaker) could conceive of the truth. But as Mr. Brooks succumbs to one more murderous urge, an amateur photographer (Dane Cook) witnesses the crime. Suddenly Brooks finds himself trapped in the twisted agenda of an opportunistic bystander, as well as hunted by an unorthodox and tenacious investigator, Tracy Atwood (Demi Moore). Now, a terrifying game is unfolding where desire is dark, knowledge is deadly and the man who has everything has everything to hide.
Kevin Costner delivers a subtle performance in his role as Earl Brooks, a successful businessman and philanthropist who has what he thinks of as an “addiction.” His addiction is occasionally killing people when the urge overwhelms him. William Hurt is excellent as the evil “voice,” who physically follows him around, urging Brooks to fulfill his base desires. The movie is, for the most part, humorless.
Despite conjuring up a story which leaves the viewer hanging to the end to learn Brooks’ fate, the violence is rampant in this movie, including a very graphic shooting scene, a scene in which a character is hit in the neck with a shovel with the resulting squirting blood, and a scene in which another character is struck in the neck with scissors, which results in still more graphic bloodshed. There is also front upper female nudity in addition to rear female nudity. Due to strong language and the sex scene, as well as the violence, this is one film Dove cannot come close to approving.