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Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Not their best side
This weekend, through a series of events, I found myself paying good money to see Untraceable, the Diane Lane serial killer movie that was filmed in Portland last year. Unless you're looking for a movie unusually obsessed with using the Broadway Bridge as location, I can't say I'd recommend it. I'm happy to report that The Hunted can retain it's title as "The Best Bad Movie Filmed Within the Urban Growth Boundary."
Everyone's favorite local exploitive news team also has a large cameo. I don't think it gives much of the plot away to reveal that Fox 12 has a hand in the "diabolical" motivations of the film's antagonist. Untraceable portrays the KPTV's news team, in particular an unnamed, fictional reporter, in a very negative light.
I can't see why the station's producers or someone at the Fox corporate office (or whoever makes these decisions) would have agreed to lend their logo and staff to this sort of thing, especially given how the bad the final product was destined to turn out. We're talking about made-for-the-Lifetime-Network quality filmmaking here.