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John Cusack portrays a stranded traveler in the psychological
thriller "Identity."

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Plot twist makes for 'Identity' crisis

"The Sixth Sense" and "The Usual Suspects" definitely upped the ante for modern plot twists. But these movies were also compelling from start to finish, their jaw-dropping revelations merely icing on the cake. In the aftermath of those pictures comes a project like "Identity," which sacrifices a fine cast and an atmospheric setting to spring a surprise that derails the momentum. Worse, the frustrating twist isn't unleashed at the conclusion; it happens near the middle.

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