A KIND OF MURDER REVIEWED
“A Kind of Murder” follows a would be writer investigating a local death while getting involved in the investigation. The cast is quite stunning, sporting a strong Patrick Wilson and a surprising turn from Jessica Biel. Andy Goddard makes the transition from directing Marvel Netflix shows to handling this darker crime story. While the film bares a striking semblance to Highsmith’s earlier work on “Strangers on a Train”, this film lacks that special finish. It took me two viewings to get a handle on that.
When the cast is amazing, the sets look stunning and the script is detailed…what’s left? Simply put, the direction. Characters float in and out of scenes, while the camera feels like an old drunk lingering at a bar. Action is staged in a way that almost feels like a Playhouse 90 episode. Sure, it’s true to the age, but it undermines the potential of the film. I enjoyed the film, but I still can’t shake the feeling that something better existed. Patrick Wilson continues to be a star that doesn’t shine bright enough for the masses. I wish this film would’ve been able to bring him more attention.
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 3/21/17
- Video - 93%93%
- Audio - 94%94%
- Supplemental Material - 90%90%
- Film Score - 84%84%
The Plot Thus Far
In 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse is a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara who leads a seemingly perfect life. But his fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer and an overambitious detective, while at the same time lusting after another woman.