Beneath the Leaves

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Among countless others, four small-town boys are kidnapped by James Whitley, a deranged, warm-eyed psychopath. His grotesque pursuit to reunite orphaned children with their deceased birth parents is gridlocked when the boys escape and he is arrested. Twenty years later, Whitley flees during a prison fire and decides to see his mission through. Detective Larson, one of Whitley's prior victims -- and now a cop -- is removed from the case due to impartiality leaving his partner and lover, Detective Shotwell to solve the case. Fueled by rage and a chance of redemption, Detective Larson chases the steadfast psychopath on his own, only to fall back into the same trap he once escaped as a child.

Cast

Doug Jones
as James Whitley
Mira Sorvino
as Det. Eric Shotwell
Paul Sorvino
as Capt. Parker

Critic Reviews for Beneath the Leaves

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (4)

  • A committed cast fails to elevate "Beneath the Leaves," an otherwise draggy and derivative thriller about a psychotic killer whose M.O. involves fatally injecting his victims with potassium chloride before harvesting their fingernails.

    Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A dull policier whose seemingly sincere interest in PTSD and abuse doesn't make up for its lack of inspiration.

    Feb 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I kept thinking back to Jenna Maroney's brief foray into playing a detective on 30 Rock as she became Alexis Goodlooking who was good-looking and good...at looking for clues.

    Jul 15, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • On the whole, Beneath the Leaves functions as a mean little thriller with a tight enough plot

    Feb 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A tricky plot doesn't save this half-speed mystery thriller, a bore that keeps us at arm's length despite a promising beginning and an accomplished cast.

    Feb 5, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Beneath the Leaves

  • Jun 10, 2019
    Leans in on the old hat tropes and it leans in hard. But a genuine Doug Jones in the role of antagonist and a decent number of characters with a minimum of one character trait a piece instead of just being bodies on the screen is enough to bring the cheap 2019 crime drama Beneath The Leaves back up to midling.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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