Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Trailer: The Killer Inside Me


The trailer for Michael Winterbottom's controversial adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel, The Killer Inside Me, premiered today.  The film has been building up angsty discussion and festival credibility with screenings at Sundance and Tribeca, alongside talk of the brutal extent of the murder sequences and battering of its female characters.  Thompson collaborated in his life with Stanley Kubrick on The Killing and Paths of Glory, and the director famously blurbed that The Killer Inside Me was "probably the most chilling and believable first-person story of a criminally warped mind he had ever encountered."  I've read Thompson's novel and can honestly say I found Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho more thoroughly warped in every direction, though a comparison of the two stylistically would prove them to be pretty disparate pieces of work.  I found Thompson's work, in written format, intriguing, but perhaps too monotonous and sparse for my personal tastes.  That being said, I think Winterbottom's translation looks spectacular.  As a director, he's a risk taker; no two works are the same and every format feels like a personal challenge.  I love 24-Hour Party People and his postmodern comedy take on Tristram Shandy, but this one, trailer alone bristles with an unnerving intensity.  I'm worried, a bit, with all the talk of the abusive brutalization for entertainment, but sense its slant and impact on screen will be slanted as a terrible, tragic occurrence instead of mere shock value.  We'll see when the film is released in limited theatrical release June 18th, but right now I'm conjecturing that The Killer Inside Me might prove to be one of only a couple films Jessica Alba is incapable of destroying with her presence.  That's called me putting money on the line.  

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