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The Alphabet Killer (2008)

Director:
Rob Schmidt
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Alphabet Killer
RUNNING TIME
100 minutes
Producer:
Tom Malloy
Isen Robbins
Aimee Schoof
Russell Terlecki
Screenwriter:
Tom Malloy


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Megan Paige Eliza Dushku
Kenneth Shine Cary Elwes
Richard Ledge Timothy Hutton
Steven Harper Tom Malloy
Nathan Norcoss Michael Ironside
Dr. Ellis Parks Carl Lumbly
Carl Tanner Bill Moseley
Captain Gullikson Tom Noonan
Kathy Walsh Melissa Leo
Jim Walsh Martin Donovan

 

Review

Actor/producer Eliza Dushku impresses with a very human performance as a talented homicide detective with her own inner demons, but as a whole, this overly genre-bound psycho-killer film is marred by some very lacklustre writing and an unattractive grainy look. The fact that the plot is easily predictable is not half as annoying as the fact that it for some reason seems completely enigmatic to the police force. I suppose that this was the level screenwriter Tom Malloy had to place them on in order for the heroine to come off as clever enough. The only really interesting aspect of The Alphabet Killer is the Dushkus character's mental illness, which is portrayed and handled sensibly. Unfortunately, director Rob Schmidt (Wrong Turn) isn't able to complement this by giving the narrative any sort of drive or nerve. Timothy Hutton phones in his stupid part, and adds some overacting towards the end for good measure.

 

Copyright 31.5.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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