Watch: To Catch a Killer 2023 123movies, Full Movie Online – Baltimore. New Year’s Eve. A talented but troubled police officer (Shailene Woodley) is recruited by the FBI’s chief investigator (Ben Mendelsohn) to help profile and track down a disturbed individual terrorizing the city..
Plot: Baltimore. New Year’s Eve. A talented but troubled police officer is recruited by the FBI’s chief investigator to help profile and track down a mass murderer.
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I wasn’t too sure at first, but ended up pleasantly surprised.
Just by watching the trailer, I was annoyed with Mendelsohn’s character Lammark, and I questioned casting Woodley as a beat cop – I mean there are so many other more convincing female actors out there. But oddly enough, both actors and their characters grew on me as the film progressed.
I’m also not a fan of slow paced films, and this one mostly is, but oddly enough, Argentinian co-writer and director Damián Szifron (in his first English film debut) made it all work with engaging scenes and circumstances. His directing was spot-on, and although there was ambiguity to many scenes and dialogue, the film came together like an old school psycho-thriller/police procedural. It felt like a non-Hollywood-stylized movie version of a better Criminal Minds episode.
The story was nothing revolutionary, but delivered enough suspense at the right moments, built intriguing character interest, and had some riveting action just at the right times to keep me fully engaged throughout the entire almost two hour runtime. So considering the current slim pickings out there for down and out enjoyable thriller/cop films, this one is a winner, and a definite recommend from me.
It was good to see Shailene on-screen! She deserves more work
In spite of the script’s impressive outlining and the fact that it works well as an investigative procedural piece, the execution as a whole appears to be a missed opportunity on multiple counts.
The execution fails to propel these audacious ideas in a fruitful direction, despite the fact that the central plotline presents some pertinent arguments juxtaposing our society’s multitude of insensitive and hypocritical philosophies. The absence of strong character development and the superficial exploration of certain themes also lessen the story’s overall influence.
It had all the elements necessary to succeed: an untrained cop with a troubled past, a desperate chief trying to prove his theories, and a perpetrator looking to find his very own version of atonement. Even with such interesting elements, the story was unable to fulfil its purpose, and I believe that’s mainly because the writing here outright refuses to dig deeper into the nitty-gritty of the narrative.
None of those conflicts have precise definitions, and none of them come to satisfactory conclusions. All that is perceptible are ideas floating around, but the framework was not strong enough to support them in the first place.
P. S. It was good to see Shailene Woodley on screen again; she’s a good actor and deserves to be seen in more movies.
Original Language en
Genre Action, Crime, Drama
Director Damián Szifron
Writer Damián Szifron, Jonathan Wakeham
Actors Shailene Woodley, Ben Mendelsohn, Ralph Ineson
Country United States
Awards 1 nomination
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