The Killer Inside Me
What she said:
I was always taught growing up that I should never assume
anything. I recall some sort of saying, "you'll make an a*%
out of you and me." That is why The Killer Inside Me
bothered the crap out of me. The movie makes you have to
assume way too much. The film becomes so obsessed with being
mysterious, and providing a character portrait, that it ignores
obvious holes in the storyline like…say…motive?
Casey Affleck is a small town deputy sheriff with major
demons. He's got a seriously warped past, and it's turned him
into a self-serving monster. But at the start of the movie, he
really doesn't seem like that bad of a guy. All of the
sudden, he begins unraveling. The question is, was there a
trigger circa Falling Down or has this been going on for a
long time? We don't really know. Then Affleck starts
killing. The movie presents the murders as logical for
Affleck, but I gotta say, I don't 100 percent get it. They may
make perfect sense to Affleck, but they aren't exactly logical to
the viewer (or at least they weren't to me).
I'm not going to give away spoilers, but there's a big twist at
the end. I kind of liked it for about 30 seconds. Then
I stopped liking it. Even the twist became completely
illogical and frankly, stupid. I guess we're supposed to
believe that because it's the 1950s (again, assuming) and it's
small-town America, that these cops would go out on a limb the way
The cinematography is nice, but the plot gets downright
Diagnosis: Thumbs down.
What he said:
This movie is about a small town deputy who basically decides to
get rid of his problems by (literally) killing them off.
Since having seeing this (last night) I have found out this
movie is based on a book. I have not read the book, but perhaps some
things are explained in more depth than in this movie; which is
that I felt was the greatest flaw. It really didn't make a whole
lot of sense to be honest with you.
First you have the main character, Casey Affleck, who early on
appears to suddenly snap. It is later shown that he had a rather
disturbed upbringing, but there's still no indication whether or
not he has killed before the events of this movie. So you find
yourself going back and forth over whether he snaps at the time the
movie is taking place or if this is something that has been going
on for a while. I don't know and at a certain point I stopped
Then there's the storyline itself. I can't really delve too much
into it too much without giving it away, but very little about the
storyline or the main characters motives make sense. I know
sociopath's don't always have motives, but the entire movie is
based on him "having" to do the things he does. His actions in the
finale (and pretty much the whole finale itself) are kind of a slap
in the face to your sense of reality. You simply can't accept some
of the things the characters are doing at that point. Not in a
drama at least.
Style wise it was a nice looking movie. It was also fairly
well-acted (Bill Pullman's ridiculous cartoon character aside). But
the decisions makers got so caught up in that, they seem to ignore
virtually all other aspects of the movie.
Rating: Thumbs down.
This movie review was completed on September 2, 2010.