TL;DR – A fascinating look at an issue and how people would react to it as we watch a man’s life fall apart around him.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
If you want my interest in a film, you need to take something familiar and
twist it, say a serial murder with more going on. Of course, once you have an
interesting premise, you need to follow it up, which is not always the case,
but today we see a film that comes very close to nailing those two parts. So
So to set the scene, it is a quiet night in Philadelphia when all of a sudden a
woman collapses while driving a bus crashing into multiple cars before being
taken out but a cement truck. When the police get to the scene they discover that
the driver is covered in her own blood after something liquefied her brain.
Three puncture wounds were in her neck, which would be bad, but across the city
three more people collapse in the same way. Beat cop Thomas (Boyd Holbrook)
makes the link between the three victims and after finding a forth still alive
they have a clue only to find everything is much more complicated than they
ever thought because the Jane Doe (Cleopatra Coleman) know who Tom is and that
his daughter is about to be born.
TL;DR – This is an
interesting concept, with some powerful performances, but I am not sure three episodes
was enough time to really show it off.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Netflix as the premier multi-national streaming juggernaut (for the time being)
has been doing a lot of experimenting in recent years. With Black
Mirror: Bandersnatch they gave the world a choose your own adventure in
cinematic form and with Ultimate
Beastmaster they produced different versions for each of the countries
participating. Well today we get to take a look at the next experiment with
Criminal a series that produced four different versions for France, Germany,
Spain, and the UK. Well today we are going to take a look at the UK version to
see how this experiment works out.
To set the scene, we open in on DI Natalie Hobbs’ (Katherine Kelly) team as
they begin an interview with the suspect of a murder. For you see her team are experts
in interrogation, so they are used when there is a time crunch or a serious
case that needs their attention. The first of these involves a doctor (David
Tennant) that is accused of molesting and then murdering his step-daughter. The
interview has been going for hours and time is running out because if they can’t
find some way to get him to crack he could walk free. Now from here, we will be
looking at the season as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS]
TL;DR – While it focuses on the charismatic nature of Bundy and his toxic effects, that is all the film has going for it, and that is not enough when you are exploring a narrative like this.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit sequence
Murder, it is a topic most foul, but it is also one that is ripe for
adaptation. We have seen this time and time again, and today we are looking
film depicting the life of one of the most heinous serial killers in American
history. There is a lot of obsession around him due to his charismatic nature
and the way he used the media in his trial, after numerous escapes from
custody. Quite often this obsession is deeply problematic, so when you are
dealing with a film in which he is the core subject you have to be very
careful. Today we are looking at Extremely
Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a film that attempts this but does not
So to set the scene, in the middle of the 1970s and Liz (Lily Collins) is out
at a bar with her friend Joanna (Angela Sarafyan). Joanna wanted Liz to have a
little fun, instead of being stuck at home with her daughter and there is one
man that has not taken his eyes off her. He walks over and introduces himself
as Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) and the two instantly hit it off. However, not long
after they move in together Ted is arrested in Utah on what he claims are
trumped up charges. This begins a long march for justice and the long decline
of Liz’s health.