Mindhunter review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Netflix’s new serial killer drama Mindhunter.)

“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” -William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

The term “serial killer” is a relatively new invention. Yes, people have committed multiple murderers throughout history, but no one began to really classify, or even begin to try to understand, these types of violent crimes until the the 1970s. You may not be familiar with the name John Douglas, but I guarantee you are familiar with his work. From Douglas sprang the very concept of criminal profiling. His work has served as the inspiration for a steady stream of movies and TV shows. The character of FBI agent Jack Crawford, played most prominently by Scott Glenn in The Silence of the Lambs and Laurence Fishburne on the TV series Hannibal, was based directly on Douglas.

Now, the early days of Douglas’ career are given the full dramatization treatment with Mindhunter, a new Netflix series created by playwright Joe Penhall, with David Fincher and Charlize Theron both serving as executive producers. With Mindhunter, Netflix has produced their best show in recent memory, and arguably one of the best shows in their ever-growing catalogue.

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Mindhunter teaser trailer

Director David Fincher helped Netflix make a splash with one of their earliest hits, House of Cards. The filmmaker behind Gone Girl and The Social Network is now making a crime series for the streaming service called Mindhunters, which is about two FBI agents trying to understand the psyche of serial killers. Fincher, who produced the series with actress Charlize Theron, directed the first three episodes of the 10-episode season.

Below, watch the new Mindhunter teaser trailer.

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A few days ago, the news broke that Warner Bros. is developing a movie that would explore the origin story for The Joker. And while this Todd Phillips-drected, Martin Scorsese-produced project (!)  sounds like a profoundly bad idea on many levels, it got the /Film staff talking. Who would you cast as the young version of Batman’s arch-nemesis? And more specifically, who would you cast as the young Joker in a movie that will be a standalone film unconnected to the larger DCEU and therefore untethered to Jared Leto’s performance in Suicide Squad?

So we put our brains together and came up with 14 names. These are not the actors that we think would actually be cast as a young Joker. Instead, these are the actors we’d like to see cast as a young Joker. After all, if they’re going to make this movie, they might as well cast someone interesting in the lead.

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Mindhunter Trailer

Director David Fincher has tackled crime thrillers with fantastic, acclaimed results in films like Panic Room, Zodiac and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Now he’s returning to the genre, but this time in serial form on Netflix.

Mindhunter is a new Netflix original series based on on Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, a non-fiction book by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker about agents of the FBI’s Investigative Support Unit which set out to get into the mindset of serial killers and psychopaths so that they might have an easier time identifying and catching them. A new trailer for the series has arrived, and it looks like exactly the kind of gripping crime drama we’d expect from a filmmaker like David Fincher. Read More »

mindhunter trailer
In 2013, director David Fincher helped launch Netflix’s first big original series House of Cards. Now the iconic filmmaker returns to the streaming service with a new tv show titled Mindhunter, about two FBI agents who are trying to solve the unsolved cases of imprisoned serial killers. Watch the first Mindhunter trailer now embedded after the jump.

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Back in 2010, Mindhunter was set up at HBO, but the David Fincher-produced show recently found a new home at Netflix. Following a successful collaboration on House of Cards, Fincher, along with Charlize Theron, is adapting John Douglas and Mark Olshaker‘s book, “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit,” for the streaming service.

Anna Torv (Fringe) and Jonathan Groff (Looking) have just joined the Mindhunter cast. Learn more about the television series below.

UPDATE: Holt McCallany (Lights Out) has just been cast as the Mindhunter lead, and new details have emerged about his and his co-star’s roles. More details after the jump.

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