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No Man Of God Blu-ray Review

Strong acting carries “No Man Of God.”

Based on FBI transcripts and recordings, “No Man Of God” focuses on rookie FBI profiler Bill Hagmaier who volunteers to speak to Ted Bundy at the Florida State Prison leading up to his execution by electric chair. Bill initially seeks to get an understanding of Bundy throughout the course of several years and possibly gain insight into other killers ala the Green River Killer. When his death sentence is announced, Bill hopes that Bundy will confess to his murders.

There’s been no shortage of Ted Bundy movies and shows as of late with the releases of “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile” and “Ted Bundy: Falling For A Killer,” “Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” and now “No Man Of God.” Kit Lesser’s script doesn’t provide anything that isn’t out there and you can undoubtedly find more insight from a documentary film. On top of that, the film is clearly inspired by the likes of “Silence of the Lambs” and the recent “Mindhunter.” If you can look past its familiarity, however, you’ll find director Amber Sealey’s film to be an engrossing tale of what is largely 2 men sitting in a room talking. It’s all very stagy to be sure, but it’s nonetheless a fascinating, unsettling and layered story about psychology, faith, misogyny, serial killers, and head games. 

The movie really works because of the 2 lead performances by Elijah Wood (Bill Hagmaier) and Luke Kirby (Ted Bundy). This is the type of material that actors live for. Not only is the movie an acting showcase, but they have very deep characters to work with as they are based off of real people. Wood continues to show versatility as an FBI profiler, but it’s Luke Kirby who makes this movie worth watching. He gives a captivating and unnerving performance as the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. It also might be the best work of Kirby’s career.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. Grade: A-

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. Grade: B+

The lone extras are RLJE Films trailers and a making of featurette.

October 17, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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