Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford (Casey Affleck) is a pillar of the community in his small Texan town; patient, polite and well liked, until he starts killing people. Based on the 1952 novel by Jim Thompson (The Grifters).
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Shock for shock's sake or a purposeful analysis of dysfunctional masculinity? It's hard to tell whether Winterbottom revels in the sadism of a corrupt cop protagonist or whether this acts as a cautionary tale. That may be the point - to discomfort the spectator in not knowing the intentions of the director. Whilst most films pull away from the voyeurism of domestic violence, this film keeps the camera on the crime.
Great art direction and a wonderful period design, captured very well with a beautiful neo-noir aesthetic. Meanwhile, the dialogue was stiff and contrived leading to some very underwhelming work from the talent. Could have been much better, given the resources.
Having read the novel and having my own ideas about the story to begin with, I had mixed feelings about this fairly decent adaptation. Casey Affleck wasn't as bad as I had feared and actually did give life to the essence of Lou Ford (personally I envisioned him as a more Mitchum-esque type, but what can you do?) and it is nice to see Simon Baker and Bill Pullman. The ending with the digital fire and the song...eh...
The sole cinematogratographic elements of Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me were Joyce and Amy's extremely violent beatings but that was about all. The rest was a psychological description of Lou Ford's behaviour (Did you notice Freud's books in Lou's library?). According to me, the director by using flashback sequences, an off-screen voice and static shots of Affleck's face missed the point. Already forgotten.
The performances in The Killer Inside Me are better (namely Casey Affleck) than the hole-ridden story and character development. The violence was astonishingly brutal to the point where I actually sympathized with the normally loathsome Kate Hudson. This movie's nothing mindblowing but its kind of a pleasant surprise if you don't expect too much.
A difficult movie to watch because it's disturbing and most of it from the violence of women being abused although the violence isn't made very actual and was captured in stylish graphics but it's still horrid in a way that most screen violence never is. There's really nothing else about it, it's all about violence with repeated scenes making it almost like a male-porn. I don't even know what's the purpose of it?.
This extremely violent film (some scenes really make you want to puke) has good aspects (great cinematography, actors, reconstitutions, portrayal of complex characters) and bad aspects (too much video clips in it, with a nice music and nice pictures and a very bizarre ending). Appart from that, it's not a bad film and not a masterpiece even
Holy shit, it made me feel physically sick to witness the uncompromising portrayal of the beating. However, I felt that Casey's acting was astonishing. The sick, twisted personality he was playing got me thinking of comparisons to Patrick Bateman-esque. But I still felt it was lacking in a certain substance, yielding no real depth.