A serial killer is discovered imitating the modus operandi of several notorious serial killers from modern times, seemingly for the fame. The cops on the case are at a loss to discover the identity of the killer and turn to an expert (Sigourney Weaver) on the subject. Said expert lives the life of a recluse because she was attacked by an escaped serial killer (Harry Connick Jr.) she helped to put away. Living in fear that he will escape again and hunt her down, she has chosen to live out her life in her big city apartment with the aid of trustworthy assistant.
Although initially reluctant, she gets drawn into the case by the two cops and it is she who realizes that they have on their hands a copycat killer. With her own tormentor safely behind bars, and with his aid, she begins to home in on the real killer. Naturally, he'll pay her a visit because she won't go to see him.
"Copycat" is a smart thriller and the movie "Seven" should have been. Holly Hunter and Sigourney Weaver give stand out performances and Harry Connick Jr. is effectively menacing as the film's resident sociopath. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat.