Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Those Who Kill


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Directed By: Joe Carnahan
Written By: Glen Morgan
Starring: Chloë Sevigny, James D’Arcy, James Morrison
Network: A&E

Synopsis:“Those Who Kill” follows Catherine Jensen (Chloë Sevigny), a recently promoted homicide detective who enlists the help of Thomas Schaeffer (James D’Arcy), a forensic psychologist, to track down serial killers and relentlessly seeks the truth behind the disappearance of her brother. (Source)


The Good:
I have always found Chloë Sevigny to be a very intriguing actress. She brings an unconventional energy to all of her performances that makes it almost impossible to not be captivated by her. She continues to impress as she embodies the role of the slightly off kilter Det. Catherine Jensen with so much subtext that just wanting to see the layers peeled back from this character is almost enough to hook you into watching this series. It also helps that the really quirky chemistry she has with James D’Arcy as an equally off kilter forensic psychologist who Det. Jensen turns to for help in solving a serial killer case. These two actors play off of one another very well and there are some really out there moments where you wonder just how different are these two from the people they are trying to catch.

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The Bad:
If only the performances from D;Arcy and Sevigny were part of a show that wasn’t such a cliched mess of mediocrity. Every hacky trope of this type of thriller is present in the pilot episode. It got so bad that I damn near gave myself a headache from all of the eye rolling I did.

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The Ugly:
This show itself is ugly. It is shot in such a dreary way and every looks all washed out and drab. It is just very unappealing to the eye. I know Pittsburgh isn’t the French Riviera but there is no reason to make the city look like so blah.

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Final Verdict: A mediocre show that features two really good performances from its leads. Hopefully the writing and direction can find some way to elevate itself to the levels of the two stars of the show otherwise I can see THOSE WHO KILL being snuffed out before it ever gets a chance to live.

Rating: C+

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