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The Killer Inside Me

The Killer Inside Me

What she said:

She

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 they do. 

The cinematography is nice, but the plot gets downright annoying.

Diagnosis: Thumbs down.

What he said:

He

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 caring.

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.