B E R T’s review published on Letterboxd:
Not bad as a crime detective serial killer flick, however, there’s more than a few missing pieces that stop it from being as good as it possibly could’ve been. There’s great potential here but it gets lost somewhere. It starts out very cool, the opening scene is very David Fincher Zodiac-esque but afterwards, the movie kinda stalls a bit and I don’t think it ever recovers completely. Once the Jared Leto character comes into it there’s a new element of interest, but still, it’s not enough.
I thought Rami Malek and Denzel Washington were good, they don’t really have a hell of a lot to do besides the usual cop stuff but they do good work here. Jared Leto isn’t an actor I like especially, I always find he overacts and you can see him thinking when acting, he takes himself too seriously as an actor and it shows, he’s fine but my general dislike of him stopped me from liking his performance, even though his character is easily the most interesting of the movie.
As the line from the movie suggests, “it’s the little things that get you caught”, well by that same logic it’s the little things that make a movie feel whole, and this is missing a few little things. Didn’t hate it, not at all, but I expected more from it and was hoping it’d be better and more enthralling. By the end it felt more like a police procedural than a great cinematic crime thriller. I guess I’ll just watch Zodiac now.