The Deaths of Ian Stone
2008
In this byzantine psychological thriller directed by Dario Piana, working stiff Ian Stone (Mike Vogel) finds himself trapped in a bizarre reality: Every day he dies a horrific death at the hands of a killer, only to be resurrected and murdered again. Can Ian get to the bottom of the mystery and break the recurring cycle of death and rebirth? Christina Cole, Michael Feast and Jaime Murray also star.

Scott Hardie: “It sucked.”

[spoilers] Despite its promising premise, this movie offers exactly one (1) life and death for the hero before revealing the nature of the sinister forces, which might make suitable villains for a minor episode of The X Files. From there, it's a slow slog through one walking-speed chase scene after another, as the hero is menaced by pretty TV actresses and CGI smoke effects. And he becomes a superhero at the end, another film in 2008's lamest twist-ending fad. There are a few intriguing moments when the hero enters a new life unprepared, but like the legions of underachieving horror movies before it, this one has no ambition to be better than the paltry sum of its parts.

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