Emotional problems force hard-boiled detective James Spader to stop working, until iconic serial killer Keanu Reeves, who’d eluded him in Los Angeles, follows him to Chicago. This thriller largely succeeds in putting quotation marks around its use of genre conventions, mixing subtlety and overkill to create a pensive mood that transcends the plot. The detective’s frequent expressionist flashbacks and his exposition-laced discussions with psychotherapist Marisa Tomei reveal in increments the history he has with the killer—classic back story whose main points are obvious at the outset. But the movie eschews one kind of suspense to exploit another: one day before each murder the killer provides the detective with a photograph of his intended victim, challenging the local police and the FBI to find her. Reeves’s disengaged delivery of his dialogue helps increase the ironic distance a more realist performance might have diminished, and the movie’s few, shy attempts at humor are chilling because they’re played so straight. Joe Charbanic directed a screenplay by David Elliot and Clay Ayers. 93 min.