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With all the M. Night Shyamalan fakes making flicks with twist endings, it's easy to get jaded and apply every road-tested conclusion to the latest mystery-occult movie you're viewing. Maybe I'm getting stupider for watching them, 'cause I didn't foresee this twist in the distance. And it's a good one. A guy who was found wandering in the woods covered in blood hasn't been able to remember anything about his pre-bloodied existence for the last 50 years. He suspects the worst, as he keeps having violent images of a gargoyle-like creature attacking beautiful girls. After testing for a miracle drug that can help restore his memory turns out violently bad, he escapes a mental hospital, becomes homeless and is befriended by a young boy. The punk's wicked stepdad invites the crazy, silent brooding loon to live in the family's tool shed ' it's a buddy-movie combo that Disney, in all its years, never bothered to try. Of special interest to Xena fans, Lucy Lawless plays the kid's meek and mousy mom, totally against type ' and she's a blonde to boot. Incidentally, that's not the twist. I'm not telling you the twist. But mark my words, it'll end in blood! And, yeah, tears.

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