Faces in the Crowd

October 7th, 2011


Faces in the Crowd

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A horror-thriller centered on a woman living with "face-blindness" after surviving a serial killer's attack. As she lives with her condition, one in which facial features change each time she loses sight of them, the killer closes in.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 5.5/10 (4,974 voted)

Director: Julien Magnat

Stars: Milla Jovovich, Sarah Wayne Callies, Julian McMahon

The elementary school teacher Anna Marchant lives with her boyfriend Bryce in a nice apartment and every now and then she meets her best friends Francine and Nina to drink and talk. When Anna is crossing a bridge to meet Bryce, she sees an infamous serial-killer killing a woman. Anna runs but she is attacked by the killer and she falls off the bridge and hits her head. Anna stays in coma for a week and when she awakes, she learns that she has brain damage followed by Prosopagnosia, a disorder of face perception where the ability to recognize faces is impaired, while the ability to recognize other objects may be relatively intact. The police detective Sam Kerrest unsuccessfully tries to force Anna to remember the face of the serial-killer. Now the serial-killer knows that Anna has seen his face, but she is incapable of even recognizing Bryce and her close friends.

Writers: Julien Magnat, Kelly Smith

Milla Jovovich - Anna Marchant
Sarah Wayne Callies - Francine
Julian McMahon - Sam Kerrest
Sandrine Holt - Nina #6
Michael Shanks - Bryce
Adam Harrington - Bryce #8 (as Adam John Harrington)
Valentina Vargas - Nina
Anthony Lemke - Bryce #3
Marianne Faithfull - Dr. Langenkamp
Apollonia Vanova - Anna #4
Kirsten Robek - Francine #3
Sebastien Roberts - Lanyon / Stranger / Lurker
David Atrakchi - Lanyon
Nels Lennarson - Kerrest #2
Stephen Huszar - Bryce #4

Taglines: She saw the killer's face, but it keeps changing...


Official Website: Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 7 October 2011

Filming Locations: Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Factual errors: Anna checks her Facebook account where her birthday is shown as Jan 22nd. However, on a couple of occasions, she is shown to be checking her newspaper horoscope under the 'Taurus' section. A person born on Jan 22nd is an Aquarian.

User Review

Nice premise, horrible execution

Rating: 3/10

The opening montage is artful and interesting, and as you're watching the movie, you probably are interested in the premise, that life would be very complicated if you couldn't recognize faces any longer. So you sit back and prepare for something that might be along the lines of "Insomnia", an thriller with a real foundation in psychological manipulation, with twists and surprises to keep you guessing.

And after that opening montage, it's pretty much all just clichés and tired plot devices and stale acting. We've seen the leads do much better than this. The 'filler' scenes are so trite they feel like they were written and shot in one take. And the 'action' scenes are shot in a way that does engage us at all. And as for the plot itself... have we ever seen a woman fleeing a villain and trip before? Have we seen the protagonist stuck in a situation where the hero has to rush to save her but he can't get to her quickly? And finally, the main crux of the film, the face blindness, is interesting for about three minutes, and then it gets incredibly stale, and yet we have to sit through another hour+ of it. Give this story to Chris Nolan and you'd have something fantastic - but this incarnation of it is really not worth wasting the time on.


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