Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Joe Berlinger (2019)

110min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Joe Berlinger and screenwriter Michael Werwie tell the story of serial killer Ted Bundy with the focus on the presentable façade rather than the heinous actions of their subject. Berlinger has form with true-crime documentaries, including Conversations with a Killer: the Ted Bundy Tapes, a four-part Netflix film. In this rare narrative feature, he blandly chronicles the mounting allegations against the then law student, offences which we see Bundy indignantly deny. Although based on the memoir of Bundy's girlfriend (as played by Lily Collins), the film isn't truly interested in her perspective, leaving her to emote and stay schtum on the sidelines. Largely ignoring Bundy's crimes, and indeed concrete confirmation of his guilt, the film seems fascinated by his courtroom showmanship and ability to ensnare women. Casting Zac Efron in the lead, whose attractiveness isn't exactly played down, is perhaps a bit of a cheat - typical of a film lacking in depth - and, the odd flicker of menace apart, the actor has scant opportunity to explore Bundy's dark side. Neither suspenseful nor insightful, Extremely Wicked... adds little to our understanding of events.

Summary

The life of aspiring lawyer Ted Bundy is examined from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe that her partner was one of America's most prolific serial killers. Director Joe Berlinger's biopic, starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, John Malkovich and Angela Sarafyan.

Cast & Crew

Ted Bundy Zac Efron
Liz Kendall Lily Collins
Jerry Haley Joel Osment
Carole Ann Boone Kaya Scodelario
Judge Edward Cowart John Malkovich
Larry Simpson Jim Parsons
John O'Connell Jeffrey Donovan
Joanna Angela Sarafyan
Detective Mike Fisher Terry Kinney
David Yocom Dylan Baker
Dan Dowd Brian Geraghty
Officer Bob Hayward James Hetfield
Director Joe Berlinger
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Sky CinemaReleased on: 3 May 2019
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