October 12th: It Rains Throughout Identity (2003)

Identity (2003) with its ensemble cast is an overlooked thriller that explains the entire film in the opening credits. Unsuspecting audiences don’t realize this until the end. (Think Usual Suspects but in the first 15 minutes.)

I use the opening of Identity in my college composition courses to illustrate an effective opening to an essay. The viewer sees and hears the minimum required to remain hooked. That is how a documented essay should be constructed.

This film stars several acting heavyweights. Give this film a chance, preferably on a stormy night.