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The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
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This is a film that stubbornly refuses to sensationalize; it's not interested in how these men killed, or in exploiting and fetishizing those acts. Instead, it explores their humanity-which is revealed to be even more terrifying.
Washington plays the character based on John Muhammad with a persuasive swagger. Paternal pride mixed with a quiet madness dances in his eyes as he lectures his young partner on the fine points of disrupting the social order.
This is a low-key film with a deliberate pace. It is dark and chilling in its atmosphere with danger lurking all along the way. It depicts two people on the outside looking in with anger and hunger and evil intent.
What's fascinating is the plausibility of the education Lee receives at the hands of John, how this grim sensei inculcates him in the ways of murder, convincing him that "it's not crazy to kill people, they do it every day." J
The tension and slow poisoning of rational thought is riveting to watch, allowing the feature to find its footing as a depiction of significant exploitation viewed through a horrifying true crime lens.
It smartly avoids trying to make some grand political statement, while also not turning the perpetrators into victims. It's more concerned with the psychology leading up to the crime than the physical violence.