Elusive ‘Identity’ preem

Pic's plot puzzles aud

At Wednesday’s Chinese Theater preem, “Identity” seemed to reveal itself to half the aud and leave the other half still puzzling.

Helmer James Mangold said he wanted to make a horror thriller “that tried to up the ante a bit with performance and conceit. We get the same thrills, the same set pieces of action, but it’s not all about 14-year-olds, not all about summer vacation.”

Star John Cusack described the film as equal parts whodunit and thriller, and the helmer maintains there are bread crumbs about the plot’s conclusion “from 30 seconds into the movie to the end.”

Though the party chat centered on the plot puzzle (“It doesn’t matter what happened,” said one agent. “It scared me to death.”) star Ray Liotta didn’t want to over intellectualize the process.

“Hopefully it’s not impossible to figure out,” he said. “There’s bodies, and they’re dying.”

Among those a the Highlands after-party were Sony’s Amy Pascal, Jeff Blake, Yair Landau and Peter Schlessel; producer Cathy Konrad; stars Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet and Jake Busey; plus guests including Harry Dean Stanton, Joe Roth, Menno Meyjes, Tia Carrera, Dan Jinks and Lawrence Bender.

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