No Man of God

Director: Amber Sealey
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 1.5

In an effort to be less useless than usual, the Feds set up the Behavioral Science Unit back in the 1970's in order to do research into the noggins of some of the most dangerous people in America, and they send youngish agent Bill Hagmaier (Elijah Wood) to Florida to talk to serial killer Ted Bundy (Luke Kirby) - the two form a sort-of "bond" and the truly scary Ted opens him up a little to his "world" (before being executed in 1989).  We've been somewhat inundated with documentaries and feature films about Bundy - Zac Efron portrayed him in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile and Netflix has two series about him - and while the whole sordid affair is fascinating in itself, this becomes a tired Criminal Minds/Blacklist-esque chat fest, with Kirby mugging for the camera and Frodo trying to make it look like his sanity is crumbling apart.  Sealey can't resist making it a #YesAllMen "statement" - that all guys have rape and murder fantasies - which is quite frankly a terrifyingly reductionistic portrayal of half the population.  Bundy was a rare freak of nature - many of us have trouble maintaining eye contact at a checkout window, and any "bravado" we exhibit is just posturing.