Ted K

Director: Tony Stone
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 2.0

For seventeen years, "math prodigy" Theodore John Kaczynski (Sharlto Copley) hid out in a cabin outside of Lincoln, Montana, letting himself get worked up over jets, personal computers and power lines (he hates technology) while wiring together bombs and mailing them to people he didn't like ... before releasing a manifesto ("Industrial Society and Its Future") and being apprehended by the Feds after his own brother ratted him out (because they'd have never caught him otherwise).  There isn't a whole lot you can do with the subject from a dramatic POV - hermits are not the ideal subjects for cinematic portrayal (and neither are writers) - which explains all the "stylistic moments" (he's a killer ... not some ecological hero).  Stone attempts to partially "explain away" Kaczynski's behavior by labelling him an "incel" (or, involuntarily celibate) - he gets mad at his brother for being married, he has an imaginary girlfriend - but that doesn't even begin to plumb the man's depths (forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz said he has a "schizotypal personality disorder" ... and the Agency's Project MK-Ultra did a number on him).  If you've ever bothered reading his "grand statement" like I have, he does make a couple solid points ... but blowing people up isn't the way to enact actual change.