Profane, chilling and disturbingly violent, “The Killer Inside Me” is based on a famous novel written in 1952 by Jim Thompson.
Directed by British director Michael Winterbottom, it takes place in a Texas town in the early 1950’s and tells the story of a handsome, mild mannered local sheriff's deputy named Lou Ford (Affleck), who has difficulty juggling his long-term girlfriend, Amy (Hudson), a prostitute (Alba) that he falls for and the sociopathic tendencies inside him.
There's blood, gore and mayhem in this controversial tale of an inconspicuous serial killer, which begins when Ford is sent to chase a local prostitute called Joyce out of town, but when she refuses to leave, the exchange that follows between the pair triggers off an explosion of unexpected passion and deceit. Drawn to him by her own masochistic streak, they embark on an affair, which ultimately ends in her murder.
Casey, younger brother to Ben Affleck, who honed his acting chops in “Gone Baby Gone” was born to play this role of a charismatic murderer with a dark past. Friendly with the locals, soft-spoken and intelligent, Lou is a sociopath and Casey’s portrayal of this manipulative and conning killer in remission is apt. With a sweet facade, he’s fascinating as a psychopath who is portrayed as both a victim and an abuser.
There’s lots of tension, a climatic ending, great visuals and style for “Killer” is shockingly brutal as it slowly unravels the mind and motives of a serial killer.
It’s a sick, twisted juxtaposition of innocence and culpability with a captivating score and a cast that includes Ned Beatty, Elias Koteas and Simon Baker.
Engaging, enthralling and heartbreaking is a befitting description for this movie which plays like a Shakespearean tragedy.