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Published February 22nd 2021
A serial killer is on the rampage in Los Angeles. A county deputy sheriff is sent there on an errand but when he learns of the case, he gets caught up in the mire. The officer in charge of the case looks at him with disdain.
What follows is a slow-burning affair between the three, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. A lot of people would watch this movie because it stars Denzel Washington, who plays the county deputy sheriff, and is great as usual. A handful might watch this for Rami Malek, who plays the officer in charge of the case. This may be because of his stellar performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Serious movie-goers however, who are into method acting, would watch this for Jared Leto, who plays the serial killer. Leto delivers a stunning performance and is unrecognisable in this film. He has a certain walk, a little beer belly, a soft whisper of a voice, and the overall demeanor of a menace to society. This movie has one Golden Globe nomination, and it is for his performance as Actor in a Supporting Role.
The film is written and directed by John Lee Hancock, of The Blind Side (2009) fame, and who also wrote the screenplay of that great 1997 movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997).
You might have heard the story before or seen it in other films, but if anything, I would recommend watching this for Leto's performance. It comes close to him playing Rayon in Dallas Buyer's Club (2013), for which he won an Oscar. I think he deserves at least an Oscar nod for this performance.