Identity (2003) On a dark and really stormy night, a roadside motel provides refuge to 10 troubled strangers (John Cusack's conflicted limo driver, Ray Liotta's snarling cop,…
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Identity (2003)

Amanda Peet, John Cusack, ... | MISTAKEN 'IDENTITY' Peet tries to get John in the Cusack
Image credit: Identity: Columbia Pictures
MISTAKEN 'IDENTITY' Peet tries to get John in the Cusack
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 02, 2003; DVD Release Date: Sep 02, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Jake Busey, John Cusack, Rebecca De Mornay, Clea DuVall and Ray Liotta...; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

On a dark and really stormy night, a roadside motel provides refuge to 10 troubled strangers (John Cusack's conflicted limo driver, Ray Liotta's snarling cop, and Amanda Peet's hoping-to-reform call girl among them) who barely dry off before the killing starts.

In Identity the formula seems stale (as does much of the dialogue), but director James Mangold (''Cop Land'') and writer Michael Cooney (''Jack Frost'') add a few fresh twists to their sharp film noir/''Psycho'' thriller: namely a seasoned cast and a story that engages the head (unlike a lot of recent scary movies -- see ''Final Destination 2'' -- that just leave the brains on the wall).

EXTRAS Trying to differentiate between the theatrical cut and the alternate ending may actually kill you.

Originally posted Sep 05, 2003 Published in issue #726 Sep 05, 2003 Order article reprints