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Should Be Free to See
on 8 May 2016
Well it's a made for TV film - and it shows.Tom Selleck is good and can act but the rest of the cast should stick to the local am-dram scene because they are as wooden and stilted as a timber merchants. Dialogue is, at best forced and at worst grim.
The story has the makings of a dark noire type thing, especially with the small town setting, but instead it becomes disjointed, rushed and frankly nonsensical. What I find particularly odd or in fact bad is the sub story of a young girl gang raped by some young men from her high school. In anyone's book this is a major and traumatising issue even when this film was made a few years ago, yet - and this is a slight spoiler - the youths are given a slap on the wrist and the girl gets a fatherly talking to by Selleck after which all returns to normal. It's frankly bizarre to say the least. There's more gravitas and sense of distaste in similar crime stories written and filmed 50 years ago not half a dozen.
As for the serial killers. What were the film makers trying to achieve? I guess they were aiming at normal but off kilt oddities with a sense of darkness when instead you get a couple of utter banal ham actors.
Now, in all fairness whilst there is a general sense of bargain bin garbage about this, if you suspend all sense of curiosity or critical faculties and concentrate on Selleck and the setting then there is small smidgeon of goodness about this when all you want to do is while a couple of hours away.
Overall though this should have been a freebie on Prime not a pay for view thing because when all is said and done it's a bit crap.