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The Killer Inside Me
It’s good to know even with being desensitized by all the violence one absorbs from the modern media, that one can still be shocked by its on-screen depiction or is it? The Killer Inside Me, the latest film by director Michael Winterbottom (The Shock Doctrine, A Mighty Heart, 24 Hour Party People) is confrontational cinema at its most assertive.


Built on a wonderfully understated performance by Casey Affleck, when the violence comes, it is truly shocking. Not just in its graphic nature but also in its senselessness. Affleck is Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford, a law enforcement official in a small Texas town. His laconic speech and mannerisms lull you into thinking he’s not such a bad fellow but your slight unease with his character soon proves to be a true appraisal.

Casting screen divas Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba and actually giving them something to do other than to just look pretty also adds to the film and they both prove to be more than up to the task. Ford’s proclivity to violence isn’t immediately apparent and as the film unwinds you find out what a wretched soul he actually is.

The squeamish should give this film a wide berth and it’s far from family entertainment but for those with a strong stomach, it’s a film that burns its way into your subconscious.
Rob Hudson

www.killerinsideme.com


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