Oct 17, 2010

The killer inside me, 2010

The killer inside me, 2010
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Cast: Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Ned Beatty

The killer in short: A West Texas deputy sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer. Sadism and masochism beneath a veneer of revenge. Lou Ford is a mild-mannered sheriff's deputy in an Oklahoma oil town in the late 1940s. His boss sends him to roust a prostitute living in a rural house. She slaps him; he hits her, then, after daily sex for the next few weeks, he decides it's love. She's devoted to him and becomes his pawn in a revenge plot she thinks is to shakedown the son of Chester Conway, the town's wealthy king of construction. Lou has a different plan, and bodies pile up as murder leads to murder. The district attorney suspects Lou, and Conway may have an inkling, but Lou stays cool. Is love, or at least peace, in the cards?

Stage: Home theatre
Preps: I don't know the movie, just have the recommendation. So I decide to catch a windy Sunday and make it better with this one.
Reality: The movie has a specific energy and addresses people who can stand to see violence on TV or on screen, to be exact. It is so that in the society we live in, apathy shows for certain genres (like war movies, killing and torturing), so in this sense, this movie falls into a special category, addressing masohism and sadism in its sexual sense.

The feelings that the viewer might have while watching the piece can be mixed, from deep sadness to real admiration, it depends on the niche the viewer belongs to. To me, it was a deep insight into a life, where you pretty much do as you please and try to please yourself and in the mean time please also other (masohists) that enjoy you doing it and admiring you for doing it. To my knowledge, such niche players exist in the world and in my opinion, would enjoy seeing this onscreen. For the other, I presume, the movie is filled with something that is hard to understand, embrace and even cope with. How can the women dwell on receiving punches and use this as sexual arrowsement, a lot of people cannot understand. And is also deeply neglected in the movie genres (or avoided when it comes to this). This group seems to be so marginal, yet in my opinion it isn't. So in this movie, the murders occur to satisfy purely sexual desire and in subconscious of the murderer, also the lack of love and respect. A psychological drama, if I conclude, definitely worth seeing. Showing respect for the roots someone derives from and unfortunately, not giving enough background to the spectator to fully evaluate the reasons behind the murders. Besides the obvious, of course - sadism and sexual pleasing.

My personal rating: 8,0 (an extreme for a change, making me anxious to see the rest. Worth seeing in many aspects. Also the roles are brilliantly played)

The killer on IMDB

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