Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Alphabety Killer

Eliza Dushku plays someone who is solving murders and getting messed with by dead people... is this who Tru grows up to be?

Based on an actual set of crimes (so you know this will end well), Megan becomes obsessed with the first death in the case... so much so she hallucinates and tries to kill herself... two years later, she's getting better, but then we get the second murder... and this movie isn't about solving the case (I guessed the connection that would have led to the murderer after only 30 minutes), but about Megan breaking down and trying to continue while dealing with said breakdown. And then, entirely coincidentally, in a way that is just insulting to narrative story telling, we find out who the killer is, and we are on to the final battle... and her final collapse.

While we have Eliza Dushku as the main lead (and feeling a little young), we have Cary Elwes who is her boyfriend and much older than her, and that just seems creepy. Oh, and there's a fair few other familiar faces I spotted as well (Timothy Hutton, Tom Noonan and Michael Ironside). And writer Tom Malloy has a large part in this, including a scene where he kisses Eliza... yeah, because that was essential to the story.

Given that the real nature of the murders gets in the way of story resolution, this is resting on more as a character piece, which nearly works... but the huge coincidence completely collapses any sense of disbelief this movie was trying to maintain. Unless you are wanting to see all of Eliza Dushku's work, I wouldn't bother with this.


1 comment:

Jet Simian said...

Unless you are wanting to see all of Eliza Dushku's work

Uh-huh. Yes, I believe I understand what you're saying here...