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For a well-done thriller, don't count on 'Thr3e'

A whacked-out serial killer, obsessed with the number three and telephone terrorism. A seminary student who may be his next victim. A deranged aunt who layers on her makeup with a trowel. Riddles that, if answered properly, might keep death at bay.

Phone Booth. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Se7en. Saw. Most of the fun to be had with Thr3e is to spot the movies from which it cribs. Beyond that, what one has is a conventional psychological thriller that cheats too often and depends on actors determined to play only one note. All this leads to an ending that explains things far too conveniently, with a tacked-on coda resolving a plot thread that really didn't need resolving.

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Thr3e (20th Century Fox) Starring Marc Blucas, Justine Waddell, Laura Jordan. Directed by Robby Henson. Rated PG-13. Time 105 minutes.


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