The Postcard Killings
Director: Alison Ellwood
GFC Podcard / Good Films Collective / Hindsight Media / Madman
Based on a bestselling James Patterson crime novel (is there any other kind?) The Postcard Killings arrives on DVD and blu-ray about a decade after the book. And though I’ve not read the source material I had fairly high hopes for his, based on an intriguing-enough premise and a pretty solid cast.
This is a dud. Sleepy-time. So boring as to become a snore-fest even as it is doing its very best to be a bit of a gore-fest.
Basically, we follow Jeffrey Dean Morgan, playing a grieving detective Jacob Kanon. His daughter was brutally murdered on her honeymoon and so he travels to London to get answers. He thrusts himself into the case and finds a series of similar deaths happening around Europe. The killer/s sending postcard messages in a catch-me-if-you-can thriller. As I say, an intriguing-enough premise. But it never really gets going. Famke Janssen is given nothing to do (as the detective’s wife; she’s all but left out after being introduced) and Cush Jumbo (The Good Wife, The Good Fight) isn’t given a whole lot either. Weirdly.
We’ve seen this sort of thing before of course – Seven, Zodiac – and The Postcard Killings can’t climb the same mountain. It just meanders. There’s terrible pacing. The subplot starts to dominate over the main story-idea. Then the subplot is seemingly forgotten. It’s just weird. And frustrating. Because it should pull you in and hold you.
But I don’t know. Maybe James Patterson actually just writes airport-novel garbage. I’ve never read him. And though this movie won’t put me off any temptation at all it is not much of a business card for Patterson Operations I have to say.
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