A woman is confused for her identical twin who she does not know exists, but she experiences the same things that are happening to her twin sister who is being tortured and murdered. Lindsay Lohan plays the lead character of Aubrey Fleming. She is a college student. She is taking a creative writing class where she reads her story about a woman like her but different. She is also a pianist. She tells her teacher Douglas (played by Thomas Tofel) she is not interested in piano anymore and wants to concentrate on her creative writing. This makes him very upset. She goes out one night a football game, is supposed to meet friend afterwards to go to a movie, but never shows up. Her boyfriend Jarred (played by Brian Geraghty) and her other friends look for her but only find her car, parked in the same place as before the football game and has not moved. Aubrey has be taken by a serial killer.
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The FBI hunts for the serial killer who tortures his female victims before killing them by cutting off fingers, then a hand, then a leg. A woman, who looks like Aubrey is found injured and walking in a confused state on a deserted road. She is taken to the hospital. Aubrey's parents come to the hospital. Aubrey's father is Daniel (played by Neal McDonough) and Aubrey's mother is Susan (played by Julia Ormond). They are surprised when the woman they think is Aubrey does not recognize them. The woman says she is Dakota Moss and she is so different from Aubrey. Dakota was a stripper and when she recovers from her injuries she remember who she is very clearly. But Aubrey's parents and the FBI think she is delusional. To make things even more suspenseful, she has the same type of injuries, which the FBI knows the serial killer is creating on his victims.
The FBI confiscates Aubrey's computer to make a copy of the hard drive. Aubrey is a writer. In her computer, the FBI finds a story Aubrey wrote about having an alter ego named Dakota. Dakota suspects she may be an identical twin. She keeps having the same sensations about being tortured by the serial killer as if she was there. She searches on the Internet and finds information about twins who experience the same phenomena as the other person, even when miles apart. Dakota tries her best to convince Daniel and Susan, she is not Aubrey. Susan shows her a sonogram of when she was pregnant which only shows one baby in her womb. The FBI has Dakota under surveillance to prevent her from leaving. Dakota with the help of her boyfriend Jarred escapes. Dakota has visions about Aubrey being tortured and gets some details in her dreams with leads her to suspect Douglas. She goes to the grave of another woman killed and finds a blue rose and a ribbon which confirms it is Douglas. Daniel tells Dakota his wife had a stillborn child, so he paid the woman who was a drug addict for one of her twin babies she had in the hospital at the same time as Susan. Susan never knew the child was not hers. Dakota convinces Daniel to help her find the missing woman Aubrey.
Dakota and Daniel go to the house where Douglas tortures and kills his victims. Dakota feels she is suffocating, which is because Aubrey has been buried alive. Daniel enters the house first. Dakota goes around the back. She goes to the basement, The killer shoves his hand through the door. She cuts it off. She finds Daniel and his is mortally wounded. Daniel dies thinking Dakota is Aubrey. The killer catches her. She is tied up, but escapes and stabs him to death. She goes outside in the woods to find where Aubrey is buried. She digs up the place where Aubrey is in a coffin, which has stained glass as a top. She breaks the glass to find Aubrey still alive. She pulls her out of the coffin and they lie next to each other, finally reunited and safe.
Best part of story, including ending:
Somehow Lindsay Lohan playing a deranged double personality in this film fits her craziness in real life.
Best scene in story:
I like the scene where Jerrod convinces the FBI to let him leave in a rush (hiding Dakota in the trunk) because he needs a condom. It is a good laugh.
Opinion about the main character:
Dakota/Aubrey is able to kill the serial killer very easily in the end which seems contrived.