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How do you approach Chapman's clearly deranged psyche and then make a movie out of it? Well, first, you go for the motives. Although the movie only spawns the infamous three days of Caulfield's life, there is enough implied background for us to begin to understand this character. I would never imply Chapman is someone to be understood or forgiven, and neither would Jarrett Schaefer, who directs this movie respectfully and cautiously. He puts Chapman in a number of seemingly random and ordinary situations that all echo the plot of J. D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye". Like its protagonist Houlden Caulfield, Chapman also goes on a trip to New York City to "find" himself. An on and off Christian and a Beatles fan, he often ventures into philosophical musings about justice and the state of the world, and it seems that every single thing in life can be accociated with the biggest star in the world at the time, the peace activist John Lennon.
Chapman is played by Jared Leto, in one of those great movie transformations. The overweight Leto may not reach the heights of Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf or Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos, however, he is suitably creepy and disturbing. Lindsay Lohan plays Jude, a young Lennon fan who befriends Chapman.Read more ›
It is a monumental acting effort by Jared Leto. He is not 'acting' as Chapman. He IS Chapman. I truly believe he is in this film. That is a hard achievement to pull off for any actor ,. To totally encompass a role beyond what is called for to the point you cannot tell the difference between the actor and the person he is portraying. The only difference being that Chapman could never be as facially appealing.
Some have said Lindsay Lohan helps the film as Jude. I diagree. Her role is shallow, without any background or substance. Her acting is perfunctory, nothing more. Any actress could have played this role better. When you compare Leto's dedication and Lohan's non chalant attitude you see who paid their dues and who just showed up for a check.
On the other hand Paul Freilander is the balance in this story and his performance is great. He is neither hindered nor fooled by Chapman yet he somehow is drawn to share the same sidewalk. One wants a photo for a sale, the other an autograph, then to kill. The autograph seeker has never been played or seen in such sensitive light and with such insight into pyschosis. The long wait outside the dakota in a cold December is shown through Chapman's ramblings. Somehow you are DRAWN into his psychosis.
It all blends into one homogenous mind numbing delusion. You almost seem HAPPY he gets that autograph.Read more ›
Jared Leto did a believable portrayal of the insanity and psychoticness of Mark David Chapman. It reinforced my feelings of how unsympathetic, calculated and cold Mark David Chapman's motives were for killing John Lennon despite the fact that John Lennon so graciously gave an autograph to the sick, twisted individual who would so soon take his life. I found it so strange how unguarded John Lennon lived his life and how he would be swarmed by paparazzi in this day and age and would probably not live in a building without a private, gated entrance. It was amazing to watch the scene where he walks out of the Dakota and there is just one photographer and a handful of fans. That would never happen today with society's obsession with celebrity.
I don't think of this film as a validation or recognition of Mark David Chapman as some kind of victim to mental illness. I see this film as a testament to why this man should be kept in prison for his entire life with no parole. I was astounded to even think he was up for parole just because he is a born again Christian?Read more ›
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An hour and a half of watching Chapman standing on a street corner while Lindsay Lohan tries to have sex with him and 5 minutes of him shooting Lennon and sitting on a bench... Read morePublished 6 months ago by John D.
EXCELLENT FILM ABOUT THE MURDER OF JOHN LENNON. JARED LETO IS REALLY CREEPY AND DOES A GOOD JOB OF THE KILLER. WOULD RECOMMENED THIS MOVIE TO OTHER CUSTOMERS. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Linda Licata
A slow movie with an ending where we all know the out come. Jared Leto was a great Mark David Chapman, unfortunately that wasn't enough for this bio-pic.Published 6 months ago by Darin Will
Yes thank you. It did meet my expectations. Delivery was prompt as well. Great servicePublished 8 months ago by Elena DeSimone
creeepy! especially with jared letto playing this odd part!Published 11 months ago by Roseann Madia
a compelling story. Jared Leto's portrayal of Mark David Chapman was riveting. His physical transformation the alone is staggering. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Maria Edwards
Chapter 27 is a film that depicts the murder of John Lennon.It involves the story of assassin,Mark David Chapman during the days leading into the said event. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Desertman84