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3.0 out of 5 stars A decent serial killer flick, October 23, 2011
This review is from: Freeway Killer (DVD)
Freeway Killer is one of the better serial killer films I've seen so far. Many of these films that are based on real life serial killers are largely inaccurate and/or the production value is mediocre at best. And though this film isn't overly great, it is a decent flick definitely worth viewing. Of course, the film isn't entirely accurate with the life and crimes of William Bonin, but it seems to be more accurate and factual than most I've viewed. Where the film lets the audience down, however, is the lack of background information on the life of Bonin himself. Only a small amount of info is revealed about his early life and that occurs when the film is nearly over. It's understanding that a film probably couldn't depict every important event of Bonin's life in a 90 min window, but still, some more insight or flashbacks would have been nice. Another major flaw is that film vaguely hints that Bonin was a sex offender, child molester, and that he not only killed his victims, but he tortured and raped them as well. None of these acts are shown, yet only barely implied. And though I understand this isn't a slasher film by any means, the body count here is pretty low. Bonin confessed to killing 21 young men and boys, convicted of 14 of them, and was suspected in about 15 more. Yet, in the film there is perhaps 3 or 4 murders. Again, I'm not expecting to see every murder he did on screen, but this is where some background about Bonin' past would have worked. A series of flashbacks perhaps, or the film could have started from his childhood to begin with, shown his earlier arrests, and shown some of his first murders. Instead, the film seems to only show the last few weeks, maybe days, of Bonin's killing spree. What I did enjoy though was the strong acting performance by Scott Leet as William Bonin. I was definitely impressed with the job he did, and also how much he looked like the actual William Bonin! In a bit of a ironic twist, Michael Rooker appears in this film as a detective, though be it a very small role and has very little screen time. The irony is that Rooker himself played a serial killer in the 1986 film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. All in all, this is decent flick to watch. There's nothing really outstanding about it, but for these types of lower budget serial killer films, its actually pretty good. Definitely recommended for those interested in serial killers and true crime. However, for a complete overview of the life and crimes of William Bonin, I suggest you do some further reading in addiction to the film.
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