The Craigslist Killer (2011) Movie Review
Released : Jan. 3rd, 2011
Reviewed : Feb. 5th, 2013
Genre : Thriller
Film Length : 87 Minutes
A made for TV movie about the true story of The Craigslist Killer fails at everything it attempts to do.
The story follows Philip Markoff who while in college meets the girl of his dreams. During all this though and building a life with his fiance, stress from school, and other things he begins a strange addiction to meeting up with woman he finds on the casual encounters section of Craigslist behind his fiancees back. Soon though after getting more demented and sadistic about it and bringing a gun with him to rob the women he picks the wrong one. After a woman fights back Philip Markoff shoots her and kills her thus starting the downward decline for his dark life and bringing it into the public light.
Now what was meant to be a thriller mixed with a crime drama comes off as neither. The movie has no thrills / suspense at all, not even a little. A episode of Law And Order is more thrilling. None of the heartfelt scenes do much nor do the scenes depicting the horrible things he did have any shocking effect. Only scene that had any impact was the final scene and even then it wasn’t anything too impressive. Honestly the majority of the film had me laughing. Jake McDorman plays Philip Markoff while Agnes Bruckner plays his fiancee Megan McAllister. McDorman shows little emotion the entire film and Megan McAllister while looking beautiful is often over acting to the point of laughter.
Overall after watching it to realize that it was a TV film it made sense why it was so bad. With a story that plays out with no tension and actors that portray either no emotions or too much makes the film not work. It does get points though for being laughably bad.