Taking Lives

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"He would kill to be you."
  • R
  • 2004
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • 6.2  (86,233)
  • 38

Taking lives is an intense psychological movie starring Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke. The story begins with two teenagers, Martin Asher and Matt Soulsby, broken down on the highway. One teen is fixing the car when the other comments about the similarities between the two of them. Martin callously pushes Matt into oncoming traffic. He picks up Matt's guitar and assumes his identity and behaviors. Fast forward 20 years later. Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie), who works for the FBI has been assigned to profile and capture the elusive Martin Asher (Ethan Hawke) who has not stopped killing and now has been spotted where his mother, Mrs. Asher (Gina Rowlands) lives. While investigating the latest victim, a witness emerges. An art dealer, John Costa (Ethan Hawke) saw Asher kill the latest victim. Seeing how rare this opportunity was, the police quickly put Costa in protective custody. Information about Asher quickly emerges; he is on the hunt for Costa. Scott takes it upon herself to protect Costa. While all this is happening Costa and Scott develop feelings for one another. Asher apparently takes Costa, and in a weird twist of events, Asher dies in a car accident. There is no more need for Scott to stick around. Costa ends up spending the night at her hotel room. The next morning Scott is called down to witness Mrs. Asher identify the body of her son and to everyone's horror, it is not Asher. Scott tries to follow Mrs. Asher, but the elevator doors close. When they open again, Costa has murdered Mrs. Asher. Scott is overwhelmed at the sight and realization that she spent the night with a serial killer. She faints, and Asher gets away. The case is opened again, and it is revealed that the man that died in the car accident was Christopher Hart (Kiefer Sutherland), someone that had ties with Asher, but not with the murders. Asher continues to taunt the police and Scott. Scott admits to the affair and is fired from the FBI. Seven months later Scott is extremely pregnant and living by herself. Asher breaks in and has taken all the guns, and she has no way of protecting herself or her unborn twins. Asher chases her and starts to beat and choke her. He grabs a pair of scissors and stabs her in the stomach. Unfazed, Scott grabs the scissors and stabs Asher in the chest. While he is dying on the floor, Scott rips off the prosthetic stomach, revealing the carefully laid-out plan to lure him in.

Taking Lives
Taking Lives Scene: This One's My Favorite
Taking Lives Scene: This One's My Favorite

Clip - 58 sec

Taking Lives Scene: He's A Potential Buyer
Taking Lives Scene: He's A Potential Buyer

Clip - 1 min 1 sec

Taking Lives Scene: You've Been Packing
Taking Lives Scene: You've Been Packing

Clip - 51 sec

Taking Lives
Taking Lives

Trailer - 2 min 25 sec

Taking Lives Scene: You Like Looking At Everything
Taking Lives Scene: You Like Looking At Everything

Clip - 52 sec

Taking Lives Scene: Bait
Taking Lives Scene: Bait

Clip - 22 sec

Description
Taking lives is an intense psychological movie starring Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke. The story begins with two teenagers, Martin Asher and Matt Soulsby, broken down on the highway. One teen is fixing the car when the other comments about the similarities between the two of them. Martin callously pushes Matt into oncoming traffic. He picks up Matt's guitar and assumes his identity and behaviors.

Fast forward 20 years later. Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie), who works for the FBI has been assigned to profile and capture the elusive Martin Asher (Ethan Hawke) who has not stopped killing and now has been spotted where his mother, Mrs. Asher (Gina Rowlands) lives. While investigating the latest victim, a witness emerges. An art dealer, John Costa (Ethan Hawke) saw Asher kill the latest victim.

Seeing how rare this opportunity was, the police quickly put Costa in protective custody. Information about Asher quickly emerges; he is on the hunt for Costa. Scott takes it upon herself to protect Costa. While all this is happening Costa and Scott develop feelings for one another.

Asher apparently takes Costa, and in a weird twist of events, Asher dies in a car accident. There is no more need for Scott to stick around. Costa ends up spending the night at her hotel room. The next morning Scott is called down to witness Mrs. Asher identify the body of her son and to everyone's horror, it is not Asher. Scott tries to follow Mrs. Asher, but the elevator doors close. When they open again, Costa has murdered Mrs. Asher. Scott is overwhelmed at the sight and realization that she spent the night with a serial killer. She faints, and Asher gets away.

The case is opened again, and it is revealed that the man that died in the car accident was Christopher Hart (Kiefer Sutherland), someone that had ties with Asher, but not with the murders. Asher continues to taunt the police and Scott. Scott admits to the affair and is fired from the FBI.

Seven months later Scott is extremely pregnant and living by herself. Asher breaks in and has taken all the guns, and she has no way of protecting herself or her unborn twins. Asher chases her and starts to beat and choke her. He grabs a pair of scissors and stabs her in the stomach. Unfazed, Scott grabs the scissors and stabs Asher in the chest. While he is dying on the floor, Scott rips off the prosthetic stomach, revealing the carefully laid-out plan to lure him in.

Taking Lives is a 2004 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 43 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 38.

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  • Release Date
    2004
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Runtime
    1 hr 43 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.2  (86,233)
  • Metascore
    38