A serpentine day in the life of ten seemingly disparate women: a porn star, a flight attendant, a psychiatrist, a masseuse, a bartender, a pair of call girls, etc. All of them with one crucial thing in common. Trouble.
Sadism and masochism beneath a veneer of revenge. Lou Ford is a mild-mannered sheriff's deputy in a Texas oil town in the mid 1950's. His boss sends him to roust a prostitute living in a rural house. She slaps him; he hits her, then, after daily sex for the next few weeks, he decides it's love. She's devoted to him and becomes his pawn in a revenge plot she thinks is to shakedown the son of Chester Conway, the town's wealthy king of construction. Lou has a different plan, and bodies pile up as murder leads to murder. The district attorney suspects Lou, and Conway may have an inkling, but Lou stays cool. Is love, or at least peace, in the cards? Written by
The blackmailer bum is shot 3 times by a lever action carbine. The last two shots are fired in rapid succession which is unlikely with a lever action carbine the way the deputy was shooting it. See more »
Sheriff Bob Maples:
Name of Joyce Lakeland. Lives about four or five miles out on Derrick Road past the old Branch place.
Oh, I know the old Branch place. She a hustling lady, Bob?
Sheriff Bob Maples:
Well, I guess so, but she's - she's been pretty decent about it.
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A hateful, vile film about an unassuming small-town sheriff (Casey Affleck) with an uncontrollable urge to kill.
One of my favorite books of all time is Frank Norris's "McTeague." In that book, there's a scene where a man beats his wife to death. There's some description of the argument that leads to the beating, but the beating itself is captured in one brilliant sentence: "Then it became abominable."
Director Michael Winterbottom might have looked to Frank Norris for some lessons on how less can be more when dealing with violence. In "The Killer Inside Me," Affleck's character beats a prostitute (Jessica Alba) until he thinks she's dead, and we have to endure the sight and sound of every single blow. Aside from it's being unrealistic (anyone's hand would split open if not outright break after two or three of the blows he lands on the prostitute's head), the scene is awful to sit through, but it's not awful for any purpose. A more creative director could have conveyed the same amount of brutality in a much less overtly graphic way. As it stands, the scene is sadistic for sadism's sake.
As is the entire movie. Affleck's character is a blank slate, not helped in the least by his mumbly performance. Insanity can be interesting (see Anthony Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs") but it's not inherently so, as this movie demonstrates. It felt like something being inflicted on me rather than something I was watching for pleasure.
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