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Refreshing approach to a serial killer theme; great acting.
on July 30, 2013
The screenplay is excellent and worthy of a big budget film. This story is not your usual serial killer story. This truly is what the title says it is; It is a profile of a killer. It appears there is no motive for this young man's homicidal actions. He says he comes from a "good home", has never been abused, and his parents reveal that he has excelled academically and in any activity he's attempted at school. He's "just a kid", as Saul, the retired FBI agent observes.
So, why is he doing this? This is the task he sets for Saul after he kidnaps him. Profile the killer and figure out what makes him tick, what makes him murder.
This movie is not a blood fest or a jump out of your seat scary movie, but it is not for the little ones in your family . There are moments that are chilling.
Pollari, the actor, that plays David (the killer) created a character that is multi-layered. There are times where you see the chilling cold-blooded killer, the rage that lies within him. Then there are glimpses of vulnerability, self-doubt, and fear. He reveals the lost part of him that Saul so desperately wants to save.
Gabriele Angieri, plays the retired FBI profiler and looks like he's always been on the big screen. At times, he looks similar to Robert Deniro. His role becomes almost fatherly at times to this disturbed, young man. I hope to see Angieri in more films in the future.
The filming is excellent and looks professional. I often forgot I was watching an independent, low-budget film .
I really enjoyed the moments between Pollari and Angieri. They worked very well together and had that chemistry we always look for between actors. Through all the tenseness of the situations, it seemed that David/The Killer had an affection for Saul/The Profiler and very much wanted his respect. Saul, even though he is disgusted and horrified by the actions of The Killer, is still able to see that he is "just a kid" and appears to be trying to not only save future victims, and himself but also trying to salvage the humanity that he sees is still within this kid.
For this to be an honest review, I have to name two faults that I found could have been improved, but they don't spoil the overall film and I will definitely watch it again so I am glad I bought it: (spoiler alert)
There is a love scene that is luke-warm at best. I've seen old people get more funky in public than these two people in the bedroom scene did. It's very unbelievable that they got it on; poor acting in that scene.
Some of the "special effects" or props are fake looking. The skull in the snow looks like it was a plastic decoration bought at target during Halloween. The same with one of the arm bones that supposedly had flesh taken from it (by being dipped in some sort of acid solution?), looks like it is plastic and too small for a grown adult. Not that I would know from personal experience!