38- The Killer Inside Me [6.5]
Based on the novel by legendary pulp writer Jim Thompson, it’s the story of handsome, charming, unassuming small town sheriff’s deputy Lou Ford.
Casey Affleck superbly played a quiet man with an obsession in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Working in similar territory in the brutally violent The Killer Inside Me, he once again proves himself to be a very capable actor. With a voice that barely rises above a whisper, Affleck’s Lou Ford is quite frightening. Jessica Alba, on the other hand, continues to lessen the impact of every movie she appears in.
Despite having not read the 1952 novel the film is based on, I believe that the film sinks under the weight of its source material. There are wonderfully written scenes (some of which are absolutely horrifying to watch), but The Killer Inside Me may have fared better with more editing. Even still, it’s good enough to have me interested in reading the novel to see how the film fares in comparison.