Cast: Jonathan Groff (Glee), Holt McCallany (Sully, Fight Club), Hannah Gross (Unless)
Director: David Fincher (World War Z 2, Gone Girl, Zodiac), Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror), Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy), Tobias Lindholm (A War)
Screenwriter: Joe Penhall (The Road, The Long Firm)
“Are criminals born or are they formed?” A question explored by Netflix Original, crime, thriller Mindhunters.
It’s the 1970s and little is known of what constitutes a ‘sequence’ killer, aka serial killer. Why do mass murders do what they do?
In order to gain a greater understanding, and share FBI techniques with the police, agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) visit those incarcerated for these heinous crimes, to determine how they tick.
And so the Behavioural Science Unit at the FBI, is truly born!
Venturing into the unchartered territory, of the criminal mind, is a fascinating watch.
But when you’re dealing with a warped, narcissist, incapable of empathy, how do you determine what is fact or fiction?
Ford and Groff, get to put their findings to good use, as they consult on police investigations, and assist in solving some crimes. So there’s a ‘whodunnit’ to boot too!
I admit, I do have a personal interest in criminal psychology, so this fictional drama was right up my street.
Equally as absorbing is the dynamic between the characters, how they evolve, and how they become affected by fraternising with deviant personalities.
Four episodes are directed by David Fincher. Having directed the critically acclaimed Se7en, Fincher is no stranger to exploring psychopathic behaviour.
Known for his precision and attention to detail, Mindhunter is no different, as the show has a very distinct look and style.
Woven into the fabric of the show is detailed research into the subject of sociopathy and psychopathy, and it shows in the strength of the writing.
I very much enjoyed the soundtrack, which of course uses music of the period, but in a contemporary way.
“How can we get ahead of crazy, if we don’t know how crazy thinks,” says Groff.
I say miss this, and you’d be crazy.
Words: Claire Bueno
|Runtime: 1 hour, 10 episodes||Year: 2017||Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller||Streaming Service: Netflix UK, Netflix US|