On a dark, stormy night, ten very different people end up stuck at a motel in the middle of nowhere, trapped by the heavy rain and flooded roads. But when they start being murdered one by one, they have to figure out which of them is the killer. And is it just a coincidence they all ended up at the same place?
Identity plays out like a classic Agatha Christie-style whodunnit, but with a modern twist to the story. It certainly shares many elements with And Then There Were None (aka Ten Little Indians). It's even alluded to in the script, when someone mentions "that movie" where ten strangers are on an island. There are surprise revelations, unexpected connections, and a few red herrings chucked in for good measure. The aim is to keep the audience guessing, and I certainly changed my mind several times about who I thought was the murderer. When the big twist arrives in the third act, I didn't see it coming, though the clues were there all along.
The production design is impressive. Apparently most of the film was shot on a sound stage, though you wouldn't guess it. The photography makes interesting use of colour and the constantly pouring rain. The acting is great, with the performances adding credibility to the clues and the misdirection. All the characters have secrets and interesting back stories too.
There is surprisingly little violence actually shown. Mostly we see events just before and just after the attacks take place. However there is still enough tense atmosphere and unpleasantness to consider this a horror movie, even if it is more about the mystery than the gore.
I didn't expect this to stand up so well for a second viewing after already knowing the major twist. But I still enjoyed it, spotting all the clues I had missed the first time round. Identity is a clever and entertaining film, and it's a lot of fun trying to figure out the puzzle as the story unfolds. 4/5