- Serial Killer Biographies
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"I've never done anything violent to anyone," says the mild-mannered Vann Siegert, "Just the minimum that was necessary." Indeed, if you have to get knocked off by a serial killer, Vann (Owen Wilson) is definitely your man. Just a quick, sweet swig from a silver flask of poisoned amaretto and you're out, with a narcoleptic slump into eternal slumber. There's no taunting or torturing; he's friendly about the whole thing. You can see Vann almost--almost--wishing his victims wouldn't take that final sip. He doesn't hold any particular grudge against these people; rather, as he puts it, "I take the natural momentum of a person and draw it toward me." If someone looks like they're on a crash course--like the boozy, asthmatic heroin addict played convincingly by Sheryl Crow, her acting debut--he merely accelerates the process.
Wilson proves to be a mesmerizing if unlikely serial killer, his flat, Midwestern delivery ringing more sincere than sinister, more Charlie Brown than Charles Manson. His voiceovers purportedly allow us into the mind of a killer, but what we hear isn't all that different from what we see. Vann isn't faking the nice-guy veneer, he is a nice guy, with this one little quirk. Clearly, this is not your typical edge-of-your-seat thriller, but the slow, dreamy pace is nonetheless entrancing. There are moments of intense grace and humor here, too. Janeane Garofalo breaks away from the smart-aleck mold to portray a postal employee smitten with Vann, and Mercedes Ruehl takes a compelling turn as his troubled landlady. "I like the detail of a thing," Vann says. "Especially if it's got a purpose." While we may not know for certain whether this film has a purpose, the details dare you to stop watching, even for an instant. --Brangien Davis
Quite an unusual film, Minus Man is that rare thriller that seems to boast a new idea - unfortunately, I feel like a review would include plot details and this is SO low-key that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Weinstein
Another one of those independent dark comedies. You really have to have the taste and intellect to enjoy, but everyone I've recommended this film to has enjoyed it as much as I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Angel S. Reuber
This movie arrived rattling around in the case with pieces of plasticPublished 8 months ago by Shasta Kreisman
A confusing movie about a killer that thinks there a two cops following him,if you like movies that leave you hanging this ones for you. Read morePublished 19 months ago by robert
I really got into this story about a very nice and likable serial killer. This is not your run-of-the-mill movie. It's quirky and the characters and actors are excellent. Read morePublished 20 months ago by sue owens
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I'm wondering the same thing. After researching it all morning, all I can say is they both seem to be 111 minutes, anamorphic widescreen, and they both have the same special features (serial killer bios, trailer, production notes). Conclusion: same dvd, different packaging?
Jan 6, 2012 by myxoplik | See all 2 posts