Mr. Brooks

Theatrical Release: June 1, 2007
DVD Release: October 23, 2007
Mr. Brooks


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.

Dove Review

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.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A couple makes love rather explicitly; another couple begins to but don't get very far.
Language: F-28; G/OG-4; GD-1; J-2; P-1; S-2; H-1; A-8; Slang for breasts and male genitalia.
Violence: A couple are both shot in the head; graphic murder with a shovel; a man is pierced in the neck with scissors; other shootings and a man is briefly seen hanging with knives in his body; and there is talk of violence.
Drugs: Alcohol and smoking.
Nudity: Front upper and rear female nudity; male rear nudity but shadows cover most of it; cleavage.
Other: The murderer quotes the Serenity Prayer as he considers himself an addict to killing; there is another suspect in a murder and the person is young; a man urinates on the floor from fear.


Company: MGM/UA
Writer: Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon
Director: Bruce A. Evans
Producer: Raynold Gideon
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 120 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter