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Saturday, March 14, 2020

The Postcard Killings 2020 * * 1/2 Stars

The Postcard KillingsDirector: Danis Tanovic
Year: 2020
Rated NR
Rating: * * 1/2 Stars
Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Famke Janssen, Naomi Battrick

"Someone mutilated our daughter, find him". Me, well I "found" The Postcard Killings to be incredibly involving at least in the first and second act. Then, the film becomes a little off-kilter, a little TV-ed, and a little over-explained. "Someone find" me a Law & Order episode or an SVU stint that doesn't take 104 minutes to conclude.

Anyway, 2020's "Postcard" contains a smoldering Jeffrey Dean Morgan, a very sexy Naomi Battrick, a smoking Joachim Krol (literally), and a game Famke Janssen. It's about a NYC detective who tries to avenge the death of his daughter who was vacationing in London, England.

Image result for the postcard killings movie scenesGrisly, daunting, atmospheric, and projecting the notion of nothing is what it seems, The Postcard Killings kept me absorbed if not to eventually turn into a cinematic buzz kill. Just imagine a psudeo, European version of Se7en and/or 1991's Silence of the Lambs. Heck, I can just hear Brad Pitt saying, "California get your people out of here." I can also hear Anthony Hopkins quip, "you look like a rube".

Directed by Yugoslavia native Danis Tanovic, containing some effective flashbacks, and harboring a weak title (talk about obviousness), "Postcard" is shot in cutting, MTV-style within the countries of Sweden, Norway, and the UK.

The Postcard Killings is done with panache even if it feels a little too conventional (check the plot point from the second paragraph). Jeffery Dean Morgan with gray scruff in tote, plays detective Jacob Kanon. Morgan channels Kanon with a mixture of overreaching sadness, revenge magnitude, and an excess of a dude bent on finding tiring justice.

Image result for the postcard killings movie scenesJeff is perfect for the role but I wish he didn't resort to appearing in something that would never see the light of day in an actual movie theater. I guess if he was a bigger star it might have helped his cause. Let us as an audience change that. Rating: 2 and a half stars.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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