Kevin Costner stars as a smart serial killer who never makes a mistake… except when he does. He leaves the curtains open when killing his latest victims. Of course, he gets photographed by the guy living in the flat opposite. The witness doesn’t go to the police – but asks to become Costner’s apprentice!
This film predates Dexter and was clearly a major influence on said series. Watching it now, though, it seems rather out-of-date e.g. the average episode of Criminal Minds or CSI does a lot more with the serial killer genre.
Don’t get me wrong – there are some great individual scenes and some good directing… but it’s not quite enough. Costner plays something of an automaton (perfect role for him, eh?), while his alter-ego (brilliantly played by William Hurt) displays extreme and violent emotion – and the films best bits come when we see these screen heavyweights together in scenes.
There is inevitably a cop (Demi Moore) who’s been pursuing Costner for years, but she never really gets close to finding out the serial killer’s identity, which makes her storyline a bit odd (although it is cleverly interwoven). Not much else to say, except this film really isn’t for the faint-hearted. Might be a cult classic one day, but it’s only 7/10 from me (my partner would give it 3/10!).