The Killer Inside Me was a chilling, unforgiving and sometimes nauseating look at the sociopath mind of a serial killer. I went into the film very ignorant; I had no idea the film was going to be so disturbing. Casey Affleck’s portrayal of deputy sheriff Lou Ford will never have me looking at him the same again. At first, the viewer is as trustful of Ford as the characters. His quiet charm and smile was enough to lure in his unassuming prey. And then he mercilessly killed them. As quickly as I started to like Ford, I hated him. He had absolutely no redeeming quality; he was a fiend for murder.
The 2010 film is based on Jim Thompson’s 1952 novel. Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Food) was scarily good at playing a killer. His emotionless demeanor was so realistic, or at least what I think a psycho would be like. Laughing and purposefully prolonging his killings were just two things that stand out. The film’s ending was of course, too dramatic and sloppy.
I really loved having the typical rom-com actresses Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson in the film. They were both awesome but I had a hard time liking their characters. Alba played Joyce Lakeland, a prostitute that too quickly fell in love. She and Ford had a weird masochistic relationship that instantly put her in the pathetic category. Lakeland was as easily a pushover as Ford was completely unaffected by human emotions. Even after being beaten to (literally) a piece of pulp, Lakeland goes back to Ford — which ended shockingly. Hudson played Amy Stanton, the upper-class girlfriend of Ford. She was very sweet and while she was less of a pushover than Lakeland, she was still too trusting of Ford. Her murder was probably the toughest to watch because of how much she did love Ford. That seemed to be the one murder Ford felt a twinge of guilt about.
Director Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart) was able to bring light and attention to the serious issue that is serial killing. The film touched on Ford’s childhood which was kind of where I got lost. He didn’t have the best childhood but all the flashbacks didn’t seem terrible enough to produce a serial killer. All across the world there seems to be a killing epidemic — you can’t go a day now without hearing of murders and rapes. While the film will leave you numb, it’ll make you appreciate life even more because it can be stolen away so quickly.