Diane Lane: unflinching in “Untraceable”

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All together now. Let’s picture

Diane Lane.

Good job. I promise not to

tell anyone what you pictured Diane Lane doing. Now, let’s picture Diane

Lane with a gun.

Oh yeah, baby. Um, I mean,

well done. If that was as good for you as it was for me, you’ll be happy

to know that Lane’s new movie, Untraceable, will be in theaters January 25. And

yes, she has a gun.

She also appears to have a

little something on her mouth. (Yes, that’s really part of the poster.)

How much would you pay to be

that pointer icon? Sigh. Anyway, in Untraceable, which also stars

Colin Hanks
and Billy Burke, Lane plays FBI agent and cyber-crime

specialist Jennifer Marsh. Her newest case has a twist — a serial killer

streams graphic murders live on his website and determines how quickly his victims

die according to the number of hits to the site. The trailer is, well,

killer.





If you’re nerdy like me, your

second thought (after the one about how hot Diane looks) is, "Pshaw

— no such thing as an untraceable website." Well, maybe. In this

case, the killer has set up his many IP addresses to change on a regular

basis. So yes, eventually the FBI would find all of the sources and

track them back to the owner, but it could take weeks or months.

Untraceable
‘s director, Gregory Hoblit, worked closely with former FBI Special Agent E.J. Hilbert

to make sure the film is as accurate as possible. Hilbert has addressed

some questions on Untraceable‘s IMDb message board, if you want to know more. (You may

have to register for access to the thread.) Lane actually worked with

a current female agent, "Jane," to get some experience with

how the FBI targets Internet criminals.

"Jane took Diane over

there [to her FBI branch] and put her in front of some guy who screened

himself live as a 13-year-old," Hoblit said. "She got him

to come into Portland and she had him set up; they knew he was coming.

Diane came back and said, ‘I can’t believe, it, I just ruined two lives

today.’ She got two of these guys in one day."

OK, to tell the truth, I’m

still a little skeptical. But I’m just tech-savvy enough to be dangerous,

so, for now, I will take Mr. Hilbert’s word that Untraceable

is feasible. What is more interesting to me, however, is the exploration

of the public’s fascination with sensationalism — even when a life is

at stake. I like to think that my sense of morality would quell my curiosity,

but I sure wouldn’t trust the general public to determine my fate.

How do you feel about this

movie? Do you think it’s plausible? Would people flock to a website

to see people get killed? And is it worth suspending disbelief to see

Diane Lane in a kick-butt role like this?

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