The Little Things

The Little Things ★★★★

As pulpy as The Little Things is, it’s also admirably content with being a straight-up drama with little in the way of cheap thrills or graphic violence. The film never feels like it’s reveling in the gory details of the murders, nor does any actual killing take place onscreen (aside from a deliberately anti-climatic shovel to the head).

Any film with this subject matter is, fairly or unfairly, going to be compared to Fincher’s unparalleled Zodiac and Se7en. Taken on its own terms, though, The Little Things is an effective thriller that’s genuinely tense and unsettling, and marks an interesting progression in John Lee Hancock’s career. Plus, how great is it to have Denzel Washington back onscreen?