‘Overall, it’s watchable’ is really the best I can say about Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Famke Janssen, Cush Jumbo and Naomi Battrick’s latest crime / mystery, The Postcard Killings.
Based on a book by Liza Marklund and James Patterson, I was hoping for a truly thrilling serial killer movie experience. What director Danis Tanovic delivers instead is a story where the killer is not quite what one might expect, which ordinarily would have been a great thing. Only I really didn’t quite buy into the story of the killer, their motivations, let alone completely believe that they were even fully capable of the crimes in question.
Part of the problem is that the film’s edit didn’t serve the story well overall. For example, there are one or two moments in Tanovic’s film that could have been truly memorable in a good way. Particularly in terms of the shock and surprise they could have induced. Except the way these moments were captured just made it all fall almost completely flat .
There was admittedly one or two suspenseful moments where I held my breath in anticipation. Nevertheless, The Postcard Killings is still not a movie I’d insist you watch unless you absolutely must. Some of acting was OK at best but had the story edit, casting and direction been even better, one can only imagine.
Lastly, it’s really got to be time for me to re-watch Se7en. That film really is serial killer movie excellence.
New crime / mystery The Postcard Killings has Jeffrey Dean Morgan as New York detective Jacob Kanon. Kanon is investigating the death of his daughter who was murdered in London during her honeymoon…
Based on the book of the same name by Liza Marklund and James Patterson; directed by Danis Tanovic; Cush Jumbo, Famke Janssen and Naomi Battrick are among the key cast.
I’m getting Taken (2008) vibes for more reasons than Janssen playing the mother role in both movies. Morgan’s Kanon also has something in common with Julia Roberts’s The Secret In Their Eyes (2015), where Roberts plays a law enforcement officer whose daughter is murdered.
A good Morgan performance and a hopefully memorable mystery are my reasons for wanting to see this one.
Ruairi O’Connor, Joachim Król, Eva Röse, Lukas Loughran, Steven Mackintosh, Dylan Devonald Smith, Sallie Harmsen and Pål Espen Kilstad also star.
Starring Rampage Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Naomie Harris, Rampage is a new action/ adventure / sci-fi movie that’s based on the classic 1980s video game that features apes and monsters destroying cities…
A King Kong – like story combined with the end of the world, except that Johnson is playing a regular hero not a super one with a cape.
I’ll probably watch just to see how much of Johnson’s one liners I can take before I’ve had enough. In other words, I’m tuning in on the strength of The Rock’s charisma. A great reason, obviously.