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The Livingston Gardener (2015)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 15 May 2015 (USA)
In order to close the case files on over a dozen disappearances, a persistent detective, a bereaved senator, and a skeptical prison warden agree to the request of convicted serial killer ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Christine Elise ... Detective Ellen Carnes
James Kyson ... Pierce Lawrence
Billy Slaughter ... Manny Guerrera
Lance E. Nichols ... Warden Bishop Wells
Douglas M. Griffin ... Jim Gardener
Jessica Harthcock ... Chrissie Brady
Megan Few ... Maggie Bernard
Amye Gousset ... News Anchor
Miles Doleac ... Aiden Reynolds
Kelly Lind ... Annette Colson
Geoff Falk ... Ken Colson
Jessica Lemon Wilkinson ... Leslie Ellis
Tracy Miller Tracy Miller ... Senator Andrew Brady
Ryan Watterson Ryan Watterson ... Tony Clark
Emerson Rhinewalt ... Boy in Commercial


In order to close the case files on over a dozen disappearances, a persistent detective, a bereaved senator, and a skeptical prison warden agree to the request of convicted serial killer Jim Gardener, granting him a live television interview in exchange for the location of his remaining victims. Facing off against newsman Pierce Lawrence - the investigative journalist that helped bring him to justice - Gardener uses the interview to set into motion a sinister plan that no one sees coming.

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Some Interesting Philosophical Content
18 August 2019 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Basically, I liked the story and found this movie interesting to watch. A serial killer (who has murdered five young women and is suspected in the disappearance of many others) demands a live television interview with a network news program in exchange for revealing the whereabouts of the undiscovered victims. Frankly, I thought that was implausible - that either a network would agree to such an interview or that the authorities would alloow it to happen, although that was dealt with by having one of the missing women be the daughter of a senator who had strings to pull. The bulk of the movie is set in the interview room as the killer and the reporter square off against each other. It's a simple setting, and aside from the implausibility was pretty well done. I liked Douglas M. Griffin as the killer and James Kyson as the reporter. Both were believable in their roles, and Griffin brought the right feel to the character, who over the course of the movie morphs from a simple serial killer into a philosophical and charismatic quasi-religious figure who's selling his own brand of spirituality mixed with nihilism - Gardener (the killer) sums up his beliefs in classically nihilistic terms - ultimately the meaning of life is that there's no meaning to life.

As the interview unfolds we don't learn a great deal about the killer, but we do learn about the reality of network television. Clearly, this interview was not granted as a public service but merely as a ratings grabber - and the reporter was under pressure to speed it up and get to the good stuff from pretty early on. It was interesting to watch as Gardener turned the interveiw around and made it about Lawrence (the reporter.)

The weakest part of this movie is its ending. It leads up to nowhere. Lots of questions are left unanswered and there's no real resolution to anything. So this ended on a down note for me. But the bulk of the movie was interesting as a sort of psychological drama. It's not an exciting movie. The basic setting of a one on one interview worked against there being any sustained action, but it had a philosophical foundation that I found interesting to watch. (7/10)

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