It’s the cast, initially, who draw the attention to Texas Killing Fields
. Considering the modesty of the production itself, that it’s attracted the likes of Sam Worthington, Chloe Moretz and Jeffrey Dean Morgan is no small feat. But then it’s an interesting story that it’s telling, one based on actual events.
It centres on Detective Souder, played by Worthington, who’s a homicide detective. He’s the small town cop, and he’s joined by a colleague from New York to hunt down a serial killer, who dumps the bodies in the killing fields of the film’s title.
Texas Killing Fields isn’t, as you might have guessed, a radical overhaul of the detective drama, although its grounding in a real story gives it a little more impact. But then so does the acting, which transcends the limited budget and makes the film one worth investing some time in.
Credit, too, to director Ami Canaan Mann, who manages to wring quite a lot out of her material. It’s rough around the edges, and the narrative doesn’t always hold together as well as you’d hope, but she’s fashioned an intriguing little film that hangs together well enough. Worth checking out. --Jon Foster