Profile of a Killer (2012)

Posted: September 15, 2013 in Movie Review
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Profile of a Killer

Directed By: Caspian Tredwell-Owen

Starring: Gabriele Angieri, Joey Pollari, Emily Fradenburgh

Subgenre: Psychological, Serial Killer

Synopsis: A retired FBI profiler is called in on a last case – only to find himself at the mercy of a teenage killer’s deadly game. He must use all his skills and experience to save lives, including his own. (from IMDb)

Thoughts: The serial killer genre doesn’t fit snugly into the world of horror.  It often bridges to other genres, having more in common with dramas or even action movies, but make no mistake, they can be very horrifying movies.  The killers are often very intelligent and very real.  This alone makes them scary.

There have been some amazing serial killer movies over the years.  Some of the best out there are Silence of the Lambs and Seven.  For fans of the genre, there are a lot of other very good entries.  Movies like Suspect Zero, The Pledge and Insomnia don’t get a lot of press, but are well worth checking out.  Profile of a Killer is another of those movies that is well worth checking out.

I was especially impressed with the acting.  Gabriele Angieri, who plays Saul the FBI Profiler, was fantastic.  His chemistry with Joey Pollari, who plays the killer he is profiling was great.  These two really pulled me into the movie.  I was shocked to look at both of their filmographies and see that they are both relative newcomers.  I will not be surprised to see either of these two make a breakthrough and do some very big movies.

Often times, when I receive a trailer to review, the quality of the cinematography is often the biggest differentiator from more mainstream releases.  This is not the case here and it’s not even close.  Profile of a Killer is a really beautiful movie to look at and you can tell right from the opening scene.  Having grown up fairly close to where the movie takes place, it really brought me back to with all the winter shots.

Last, but certainly not least, was the direction of Caspian Tredwell-Owen.  This is not a short movie, with a runtime of 108 minutes, but it moves at a brisk pace and keeps your attention. Not once did I find myself clockwatching or checking my phone, which is pretty rare these days.  The only real complaint I had was that Tredwell-Owen used a lot of quick cuts, and I mean a lot.  Most of the time it worked, but there were a couple of times where I thought it was a little disorientating.

Profile of a Killer was a very pleasant surprise for me.  Not only is it a good movie, but it is a very well made movie.  This is a movie you should seek out and watch, and a movie you should tell your friends to watch.

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