Shailene Woodley (Massive Little Lies, Divergent) stars as Eleanor Falco, a younger Baltimore beat cop who appears sad each at dwelling and at work. There’s no time to dig any deeper into the reason for Officer Falco’s malaise, nonetheless, earlier than she – and we – are plunged into the motion of a paint-by-numbers police thriller. There’s a sniper on the free, selecting off victims at random within the downtown space, and maverick FBI investigator Geoffrey Lammark (Ben Mendelsohn) has been drafted in to place a cease to the killing.
Lammark believes he recognises a fellow profiling savant in Falco, so she’s fast-tracked into his unit, regardless of her lack of coaching. May Lammark be mistaking portentous wildlife analogies for precise perception? He does appear overly impressed when she says stuff like, “Evil is reducing off a fowl’s wings simply to see what occurs; this man’s taking pictures mosquitos.” However then Lammark’s personal detective abilities are apparently restricted to enigmatic growling and searching good in a trench coat, so the bar is low. There’s additionally a 3rd crew member, performed by Babylon’s Jovan Adepo, however even by the requirements of a script that typically skates over characterisation, he’s too underwritten to warrant a lot consideration.
From there, the plot proceeds like a mid-season episode of CSI: Anyplace, simply with higher cinematography and a mournful cello rating. Crime thrillers normally profit from a robust sense of place, however the Baltimore of director Damián Szifron (beforehand answerable for the much-admired Wild Tales) isn’t one you’d recognise from John Waters motion pictures or The Wire. Most likely as a result of it’s really Montreal.
Lammark and Falco’s investigation is equally uncentered. As their search radius widens into snow-covered fields and manufacturing unit break rooms, they observe false leads, butt heads with superiors and use each hostage negotiation as an excuse to opine on the decline of American values. Or one thing. All of the whereas they show zero information of the felony psychology that’s their supposed experience. If this movie is remembered for something, it is going to be marking the tip of actor Ben Mendelsohn’s sizzling streak. You used to have the ability to inform a worthwhile watch from his presence. Now not.