This sorta drama/thriller movie is based off a true story about Elizabeth (Lily Collins), who falls in love with the serial killer Ted Bundy (Zac Efron). She is his longtime girlfriend who refuses to believe the truth about him and his crimes.
Right from the start, the movie tries to get you into Elizabeth’s perspective, and for good reason. I mean, just by reading the description, you’re thinking, “This chica is loco.” They work from the start to first present Bundy to us as Elizabeth is introduced to him. Right from the beginning, he is shown as a sweetheart and we are presented with their budding relationship through a compilation of photos with the background of a radio show discussing Bundy’s murders.
Now we all know that Ted Bundy is a bad dude. In fact, he’s about as bad as they come. They work to show how charming he is and how he acts with Elizabeth’s daughter. I mean, they got Zac Efron, who is pretty much regarded as one of the most handsome and charming actors of this generation. Efron’s acting is good at portraying that role but lacks at the creepy serial killer vibe. He just can’t pass for it. Maybe that’s a side effect of seeing him in so many things, but oh well. His performance is okay but nothing spectacular and the rest of the cast follows that.
I really like the filmmaking style and cuts they put in. The way that the scenes alternate back and forth, giving us background detail while progressing the current storyline is incredibly interesting and continues to pull you in. With that said, there are quite a few issues haunting this film. The writing here I dislike. It doesn’t feel very descriptive and they throw in a lot of information to you while leaving out all the juicy details and character motivation that set films apart. Not to mention that the movie got quite a few facts entirely wrong. The performances are nothing earth-shattering and the dialogue a touch off, but the movie is still entertaining. It’s really interesting if you’re a history buff and it’s not the worst Netflix drama out there.
Rating: Flash-Fried Sixteen-Ounce T-Bone