The Bone Collector is a ‘whodunnit’ film about a serial killer in New York, who leaves cryptic clues at the scenes of murders. Denzel Washington plays the role of a forensic criminologist, Lincoln Rhyme, crippled in the line of duty, is confined to bed and dependent on round the clock medical supervision.
He is pressed by NYPD detectives to help find the serial killer. He enlists the help of a rookie street cop, Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie), who has just decided to leave street duty and work in juvenile justice. She acts as Rhyme’s arms and legs, surveying the scene of the crime with his eye for detail. Together, they uncover the clues and unravel the mystery.
The director, Phillip Noyce, describes the film as four stories in one – ‘It’s a love story. It’s a thriller. It’s a detective story. And it’s a story of renewal and resurrection’. – This film has been described as a ‘totally unique, intelligent thriller’. Although violence and murder under gird the movie (as it’s about a serial killer), the focus is on the intrigue – the uncovering of the clues and their implications.
Link : IMDb entry