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The Killer Inside Me [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Casey Affleck
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003R7J0MC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,239 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Michael Winterbottom directs this graphically violent thriller based on the novel by Jim Thompson. Casey Affleck stars as Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford, a pillar of the community in the small Texas town of Central City. However, Ford is not quite the upstanding citizen he appears to be, as becomes apparent after he is ordered to evict local prostitute Joyce Lakeland (Jessica Alba) and ends up embroiled in a torrid affair with her. When his fiance Amy (Kate Hudson) becomes suspicious, the consequences are bloody and brutal as the dark secrets of Ford's past are finally brought to light.

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I have seen films that really are insidiously misogynistic in a way The Killer Inside Me is not, films that make light of the denigration of women, and I should also say that this film does crucially show the consequences of violence, a responsibility shirked by what I call the "arthouse rape" genre, in which dreamy, languid movies are finally topped off with a flourish of sexual violence, just before the credits, without a smidgen of curiosity about what happens to the victim afterwards.

Lou's chilling MO is summed up by his visit to a troubled young guy in a police cell, a young man who has guessed Lou's awful secret and wheedlingly asks if the victim "had it coming". Lou replies: "Nobody has it coming. That's why nobody can see it coming." It is a haiku of despair to be compared and contrasted with Gene Hackman's gunfighter in Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven being told that he'd just assaulted an "innocent" man – Hackman snarls: "Innocent? Innocent of what?" Lou Ford is a poison cloud of violence infecting everything around him: this is a film with a carbon-core of horror and pessimism at its heart.
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Some films come with their own baggage you learn about before seeing the film. `The Killer Inside Me' is one such film as I already knew it was meant to contain some harrowing scenes of violence that were borderline unacceptable to some people. After seeing the film I have to agree that there are some strong images in the film, but this is an 18 and everything is in keeping with the characters and the tone of the film itself. There is no revelling in violence; instead it shows the brutality of a man on the edge.

Casey Affleck as Lou Ford is this man. He is a Sherriff's Deputy in a small US town. He is pleasant enough to people and well liked, but inside he is tortured and driven to doing dark deeds. Affleck is excellent as the brooding Ford a likable psychopath who seems more broken than evil. He plays against a couple of female actors in Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson who do a decent job in difficult roles. However, this is Affleck's film firstly and director Michael Winterbottom's secondly. Winterbottom is a controversial and at times brilliant director. I would put `Devil' amongst his best works. He follows the source material well and literally pulls no punches with the violence. Does he go too far? I don't believe so. Seeing violence in a domestic setting is more harrowing perhaps, but I still see far worse in the multitude of violent 18 and increasingly 15 certificate films out there. Context is the key that make this film work.

`Killer' has an almost art house feel to it and this is reflected in both Affleck's unsettling performance and the story itself. You are asked to make some of the conclusions yourself and decide who you think is right or wrong. Ford is charismatic enough that you sometimes like him even though he is evil.
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This is a good film, well made.Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba do a great job in the lead roles. The story is good, the killer is unexpected considering his profession. Things start to unwind as suspicion eventually begins to fall on him, but he keeps his cool well right up to the end. The finale has flare and is surprising. The violence is stomach churningly good. The creators have not shied away from showing a man viciously beating a woman on screen, more than once. The extras on the disc are interesting and give a little insight into how the actors felt and how the film was made.
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Fully aware that I'm much to late to the party but it's just struck me that it's all about adaptation. I'm a great admirer of Jim Thomson but a faithful, literal translation - which this more-or-less is and is usually to be welcomed - is well-nigh intolerable on screen, because film is too literal. Film photographs the real world in the third person, even if the direction and acting distort that for their own ends, but in the book Thomson guides us into the protagonist's diseased subjective mind with words in the first person, something that film is probably incapable of achieving.
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I'm staggered by some of the reviews here. So it's surprisingly not a date night film? So it's surprising that a film about a sociopath isn't always an easy or pleasant watch? Wow it's even surprising to some that there are accents in an American film? So let me understand you wanted to see a good time film in cut glass English accents which made murder and violence fun? Wow maybe it's just me but you maybe just need a bit of a reality check.
I cam to this film with a strong element of caution as the violence to women had been well trailed, and I'm no fan of voyeuristic violence like Saw or strong bleak violence like Wolfs Creek, and violence for violence sake is okay in your average zombie flick, but with real people not so much thanks. But this film is really fantastic. Casey Affleck is a wonderful lead character, he makes his character utterly believable, a sociopath among us, almost invisible to the world, but stalking, violent, and yet strangely charming (and hey sadly sociopaths are often exactly that). His portrayal is absorbing, a career defining moment. Both lead female actors are also extraordinary in their parts, Kate Hudson long suffering and victim but always believable, and Jessica Alba as the much darker warped character that is counters the Casey Affleck role. All three performances of the highest standards, the script is dark but enthralling, oh and god yes it's a bit hard to watch at times, but then again the violence never seems self relishing or self serving.
The plot is dark and weaving, the atmosphere dark and brooding, and the film a total success.
Don't watch if you are easily offended, don't watch on a first date, but do watch if you like great films and great acting.
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