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Serial Killer

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Plot Overview

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chessThe end game in chess occurs when the board is swept clean of most of its pieces and the opponents go after each other's kings. The end will come soon. First, though, was the begin­ning commonly consisting of standard openings, then came the middle game where major battles take place. In this movie reference is made to a kid Alex Minert who twenty-five years ago “was a sick boy, very troubled.” He tortured & killed pets and played with dolls. He grew up to be a player (“Oh, you're a hand­some devil”) and in the press earned the sobriquet, “strangle­hold killer.” He (Kurt Angle) methodically covered his trail while using an alias Brad May­field. Recently, how­ever, the police have gotten some lucky breaks, so he is plan­ning to leave town … after first dispatching the lead Detective Dan Burke (Eric Wright.)


The bare bones plot contains great examples for successful living, along the lines of, (Prov. 30:24) “There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:”

practicegreen eggcare bearclown mask(Prov. 30:25) “The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.” The idea here is to start working young, in the summer of life. Beatrice Fraiser (Natalie Bail) (age 26,) the victim the movie opens on, is a young ballet dancer. Her instructor lauds her saying, “She was with me since she was eleven-years-old. She had a natural ability I haven't seen in quite a long time.” There's also Detective Burke's special needs child Chrissy (Isabella Iwanonkiw) who holds the balloons for Buffo the Clown and holds one of her father's cop-tools for him. Such a start was aptly expressed by author Alan Wall: “Imagine how different life would have been if the youthful Miles Davis, asking the old man for some­thing to blow, had been given a comb and a piece of toilet paper, instead of the beautiful trumpet.” (20) Every­one from special needs on up to genius can profit from an early start.

harlotchauffeur(Prov. 30:26) “The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.” Next is the importance of location. Pitts­burgh where this movie is set has a vibrant artistic community for Bea to flourish in. It has a museum and Carnegie Hall. It must have an active theater, as Brad May­field gets his disguises from a theater supply company. Bea's “sponsor” is presented as a “successful businessman.” Business must be booming for him to afford a wife, a driver, and a mistress. Bea's (bad influence) room­mate Carol Peter­lake (Jenna Morasca) strips at a gentle­men's club to support her­self when ballet doesn't cover it. Her pole dancing is itself an art form. The driver Jay (Jay) Julian (Joe Shelby) is beginning to feel the heat. He tells the police, “As soon as you say it's okay, I'm leaving town. It's a little too dangerous around here. People are dying all around me and it's not from old age.” One of Brad's broads Pat shares pillow talk about her late husband who “was sent to Iraq one month after our wedding. He was hit by a RPG on his very first mission. He was such a klutz. He had no business going off to war.” Black Lt. Lattimore of the Pittsburgh police rose nicely through the ranks during his forty years of service, his freed ancestors having left the South during reconstruction for better opportunities in the North.

in fur coat(Prov. 30:27) “The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands.” It's important to have an informal support network. The ballet girls develop sugar daddies, or try to. Detective Burke having been taken off the case works it on his own dime, and when the bad guy takes to the river, he borrows a boat from his buddy Bob.

(Prov. 30:28) “The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.” The spider lives where the place gets dusted regularly, but it just puts up a new web. Detective Burke is likely to have to bow to pressure from his wife and find a new line of work.

Production Values

” (2009) was directed by Bruce Koehler. It was written by McCartney James. It stars Kurt Angle, Jenna Morasca and Natalie Bail. Morasca had good acting chops, or maybe it just seemed that way playing off brain-dead leads. For that matter maybe people—and especially cops—just have a plod­ding repertoire most of the time. At least some witticisms were thrown in.

sleeping womanWhere this film excels is the director's keen eye for posture, be it a slovenly manager leaning against a wall, dirty old men ogling a dancer, a special needs kid on the ball, a buff killer exposing his bare chest, or a disap­pointed wifey murmuring in bed. The movie was shot at slight angles giving us the impression of the world on a permanent tilt. That plus the sinister music does the job of making a city uneasy per the vigilant press.

MPA rated it R for some violent/sexual content and brief language. It was filmed on location in Pitts­burgh, Penn­sylvania, USA. Runtime is 1 hour 37 minutes.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

This was a dark film giving me one more reason not to go back to Pgh. The only mention of Christ was the driver saying, “Sweet Jesus” as he crossed him­self. The funeral homes, how­ever, looked very churchy. This film is hardly one to draw you to the divinity, though it might get you to flee the devil. The dark humor was worth a chuckle. The movie should suit some tastes.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Decent action scenes. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Well done special effects. Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day. Suspense: Don't watch this movie alone. Overall movie rating: Three stars out of five.

Works Cited

Scripture was cited from the King James Version, Pub. 1611, rev. 1769. Software.

Wall, Alan. Sylvie's Riddle. Copyright © Alan Wall 2008. London: Quartet Books Limited, 2008. Print