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The perennial struggle between good and evil is pitched quite literally in Robby Henson's thriller, in which an unassuming seminary student (Marc Blucas) is pursued by a maniacal unseen killer. The low-budget Thr3e, adapted from Ted Dekker's novel, is a pastiche of serial-killer clichés pulled from earlier films such as Se7en (goofy title not included), Saw and any of the now-gathering-dust twisty-turny psycho-thrillers of the past 20 years. A film about indiscriminate (albeit bloodless) murder is an odd selection for Fox Faith Movies, the faith-based arm of 20th Century Fox committed to "morally-driven, family-friendly programming." Dekker's works are shelved under "Christian," but the film stays secular, relying on modern psychiatry to solve the mystery, and giving the Big Guy Upstairs a throwaway shout-out only at the very last minute. Thr3e's primary sin, though, is that it is just plain dull. (AH)

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