Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Killer Inside Me (2010): Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson


     Based on a 1952 novel of the same name, The Killer Inside Me (2010) is one of the most powerful of the "Neo-Noir" films to come out in recent years. Directed by Michael Winterbottom, stylish and with beautiful cinematography, the virtues of the film are overshadowed by the shocking, brutal violence depicted in it. Loyal to the Film Noir tradition, some surprising homage elements pop up, but new edgier moments still find their way in. The Killer Inside Me has a great cast including Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Ned Beatty, Bill Pullman and Elias Koteas. Worthy of repeat viewings, the harsh violence dissipates with the anesthetic of time.
     Lou Ford (Casey Affleck) is a Deputy Sheriff in a small Texas town. By all outward appearances, he is upstanding and well-liked. But beneath the surface, Ford is a violent sociopath with a tendency toward sexual deviance...

The Killer Inside Me. 2010: Casey Affleck

     When Ford is given the task of driving prostitute Joyce Lakeland (Jessica Alba) out of town, he goes to meet her... 

The Killer Inside Me. 2010: Jessica Alba

     He is enchanted by her beauty... 

The Killer Inside Me. 2010: Jessica Alba

     and sensuous allure... 

The Killer Inside Me. 2010: Jessica Alba

The Killer Inside Me. 2010: Jessica Alba

The Killer Inside Me. 2010: Jessica Alba

     they begin a torrid affair... 

The Killer Inside Me. 2010: Jessica Alba

     Ford has genuine affection for Joyce, but suddenly and without emotion, Ford kills her to aid in his plot to kill another man... 

The Killer Inside Me. 2010: Jessica Alba

The Killer Inside Me. 2010: Jessica Alba

     Ford's fiancé, Amy Stanton (Kate Hudson)... 

The Killer Inside Me. 2010: Kate Hudson

     doesn't know it... 

The Killer Inside Me. 2010: Kate Hudson

     because she is blinded by love...

The Killer Inside Me. 2010: Kate Hudson

      but she is about to meet a similar fate... 

The Killer Inside Me. 2010: Kate Hudson

     The authorities are on to Ford, and it's only a matter of time before his violent acts catch up with him...

The Killer Inside Me. 2010: Casey Affleck