Directed By: Michael Winterbottom
Written By: John Curran (Script) and Jim Thompson (novel)
Starring: Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba
Serial killers can be rather charming.
This Noir-esque film somehow fell off my radar for two years. I came across it in the blogosphere. Michael Winterbottom has more than impressed me in the past, with 24 Hour Party People and The Trip. A friend of Steve Coogan’s is a friend of mine.
This film really has it all from cast and script to cinematography and music. The casting of the more talented Affleck (Casey) was perfect as his charm cut through like a sharp cheddar. The pacing was well timed and the setting was as eerie as any small American town can be.
So what happened? Why didn’t anybody see it? Was it because Jessica Alba’s name was attached and nobody can take her seriously? She was actually pretty good. It often frightens me that great filmmaking can go unnoticed. Maybe they spent all their money on making a period piece and didn’t save any for advertising.
The brutality of Affleck’s character is enough to put this thriller on the map.
Problem: The punching sound effects were over the top
Mood for watching: Dark with all the blinds shut
What to eat and drink: Grits and mint juleps
If I made it: I would hire a better advertising agency
Why watch: Because it’s damn good