Palace Nova Cinemas from 18 February.
Review by Geoff Jenke
Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Denzel Washington) is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he joins forces with Sgt. Jim Baxter to search for a serial killer who’s terrorizing Los Angeles. As they track the culprit, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.
Denzel Washington is indeed a fine actor and put him together with Rami Malek and Jared Leto, you have the makings of a fine movie. It is perhaps Jared Leto, playing the prime suspect, Albert Sparma who actually steals the show. He is a nasty piece of work who takes great interest in police work, has a police scanner in his home, knows police procedures and has newspaper clippings about serial killings. But is he the killer?
The movie is based on John Lee Hancock’s 1993 book; hence the movie is set in the 1990’s. Hancock also wrote the screen play, produced and directed the movie so the whole thing is his baby.
This is not the first time Denzel Washington has played a detective/policeman and Denzel does the brooding/moody character well. His past is haunting him and he is determined to prove Sparma guilty, although Sparma always has a move up on the police. But I hark back again to the question, is he the killer?
Just as I think I have the ending worked out; the story line moves at a tangent. Maybe not for the best?
The Little Things will draw you in with the first half of the film and quite possibly frustrate you with the second half which in itself is interesting as the person who saw the movie with me thought it was the other way around.
Go see the movie and make up your own mind. Despite a few misgivings, and has a story line seen in 100’s of movies, it is still a good “who dunnit” movie, even if for mostly Jared Leto’s performance as a completely screwed up man.
The Little Things – Season opens February 18