Bone Collector, The
MPAA Rating: R
Content: -2 1/2
Forensic expert Lincoln Rhymes (Denzel Washington) is a legend in the New York Police
Department. His books on crime-scene evidence are required reading at the academy.
But four years ago, an accident confined him to bed as a quadriplegic, unable to move
more than a finger and his head. Rookie Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie), waiting for a
transfer from patrol to juvenile services, gets a call that leads to the bizarre discovery of a
dead mans hand sticking out of the ground with one finger scraped to the bone. Her
instinctive preserving of the crime scene attracts the attention of Rhymes, who recruits her
to be his eyes and legs as they search for a serial killer before he claims another victim.
The excellent acting and suspenseful plot keeps audiences guessing with Rhymes and
Donaghy as they try to solve this engrossing, gruesome mystery.
In a somewhat unique turn, the hero of this detective story is confined to bed. But he
keeps a positive attitude about his life. There is a discussion with a doctor about
arranging an assisted suicide. Rhymes fears seizures related to his injuries will one day
leave him a vegetable. Two seizures are shown on camera. However, more graphic
scenes relate to the serial murders. Grotesque bodies are shown after gruesome deaths,
such as a woman scalded by a giant steam pipe, or a man eaten by rats. Pictures of other
deaths show equally graphic injuries. Donaghy lives with a man and a sexual relation is
implied, but nothing is shown. The relationship apparently ends before she starts work
with Rhymes. Aside from the graphic injuries, the major disappointment is the volume of
objectionable language. 24 obscenities, 13 regular profanities and 11 moderate crudities
spoil the dialogue. In spite of his limitations, Rhymes demonstrates courage, intelligence
and understanding as he deals with co-workers, clues and a killer. Unfortunately, foul
language and graphic, gruesome images detract from an otherwise enjoyable story.
Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: Universal Pictures, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.
Many (27) times - Mild 16, moderate 11
Obscene Language: Many (24) times - F-word 15, s-word 7, other 2
Profanity: Many (16) times - Regular 13 (GD 6, J 4, C 1, JC 1, Csake 1), exclamatory 3 (OMG, OG)
Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (often gruesome dead bodies, hand with finger cut to bone, bloody face, rats on dead body, rat shot - bloody explosion of body, bloody cuts on body, medical seizure, finger broken - offscreen, hand smashed, stabbing, knife threat, biting, shooting)
Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Unmarried couple imply sexual relationship, reference to sexual activity, sensual kissing in club, tie has almost naked woman on it
Drugs: Few times - man asks for vodka, police lecture on drug problems - man jokes about wanting display case, alcohol drinking & cigarette smoking in club
Other: Man and doctor discuss assisted suicide, comment about destiny made not fixed
Running Time: 118 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults
Click HERE for a PRINTER-FRIENDLY version of this review.