Director: Michael Winterbottom (US – 2010)
Adapted from Jim Thompson’s ‘50s pulp novel, Michael Winterbottom’s ‘The Killer Inside Me’, centres on mild-mannered Texas lawman, Lou Ford (Casey Affleck), whose pleasant demeanour masks the sexual sadist and psychopathic killer within. Stylised, mannered and told with surgical reserve, we gather he’s been a cold-blooded deviant from an early age, but the Freudian underpinnings, such as they are, don’t offer much in the way of drama. As for the misogynistic brutality, it is indeed depraved, made more so by the fact that its female victims are depicted as loving their abuse right up until it turns murderous. Buried beneath snarky period music cues and second-hand Coen brothers gags, it’s a dull affair, hard to watch and almost impossible to admire.
Time Out (London) – Issue 2089 – 15th September 2010 -69