In Untraceable, Diane Lane plays an FBI agent chasing a killer who uses the internet to murder his victims. He sets up contraptions that, depending on the traffic to his webcam, expedite the death of the subject. Kind of puts Must Love Dogs in a whole new context.
Diane Lane on Untraceable
"That’s funny," Lane laughed. "Suddenly you turned into John Cusack asking me that. I don’t know what to say. Suddenly I’m in romantic comedy land and that question became funny, not serious. I don’t know how to take you seriously. I don’t know what to say because it was so foreign to me anyway to be dating online. I tell you what I do like. I like those questionnaires. I think everybody should fill out those questionnaires. But then, if everybody lies on those questionnaires, it’s like cheating at Solitaire. Why would you want to meet a mate who’s going to have those expectations of you? You stated you’re this nice person."
Untraceable has a definite social commentary about what people will support online along with the thriller plot. "I feel like I have some things in common with the law officers that I got to know. I’m always looking for motive and tracking backwards looking for why would somebody do this? What is the justification for anything, whether it’s the scene in the film that I’m filming, to get to the truth of things. In addition to that I was most interested in a couple of elements that did or did not actually wind up occurring in our final screenplay which is I wanted my daughter in the movie to be older. The gal who plays my daughter is wonderful and everything turned out perfectly as scripted, but at one point I thought I know what kind of fire would be under me if my daughter was on the computer in this story. It brings it home a little bit closer even still within your own house because I’m a parent of teenagers and I know that we would be having a conversation about the world if this were going on for real in the world. It’s a scary premise. I have teenagers in my house and this is the movie they want to see. They really relate to it. It’s their world. The internet, they have such entitlement with it. They have control over it. They feel like it’s more theirs than the physical domain reality that they live in."
Lane studied with a real FBI agent in Portland to prepare for her part. "She was great. I adore her. It helped a lot to have the real McCoy. She was amazing and it was very comforting to see somebody who was so capable, so totally womanly. The more I got exposed to the need for these people to exist, they’re angels. Literally their job is and they’re paid to do intervention against malicious attempts on the internet. I’m so naïve I didn’t know that viruses do not spontaneously occur, like in nature. I mean, doesn’t the term virus imply it just grew in a petri dish. We don’t know how. Oh no, some brainiac sat down and figured out how to make everybody miserable, like an arsonist. Why? Do you have nothing better to do with your life? I guess not. I don’t know what to say. I’m so disappointed in human beings and myself for not knowing better."
Luckily, the film shows how they can catch some of these bad guys, though they'll keep their real methods a secret. "I was with my buddy as I’ll call her, an FBI agent. I don’t want to say her name because I think anonymity is important to her, too. But I will say that it didn’t take more than five minutes of sitting with her to witness bad behavior and wish that that was just in a movie and it wasn’t real. This one, I’m glad was just in a movie and wasn’t real. So I can’t really go into details. I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to. But I saw some things that I wish I hadn’t seen. I think I want the FBI to continue doing their good work."