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Mindhunter

Postby Fonz » 06 Dec 2017, 17:07

American Netflix show about the birth of serial killer profiling; like a serious prequel to ‘Criminal Minds’.

The three leads are well-cast, and the plots are thick enough to elevate above the usual.

Anyone else watching?
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Postby jimboo » 06 Dec 2017, 18:57

There was/is a smattering of patter on here about it somewhere. I have watched it all , I really liked it.
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Re: Mindhunter

Postby Snarfyguy » 06 Dec 2017, 19:10

I've been on the fence. A friend says he wasn't won over. But you guys may be tipping me.
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Re: Mindhunter

Postby PENK » 06 Dec 2017, 19:53

It was good, but slow going, I thought. The characters were very well-acted, and steered away from the "clean-cut eager beaver" and "gruff wisecracking veteran" stereotypes they might initially seem, fleshed out and taken into unpredictable territory. Not sure what's going on with the professor and the cat outside the window though. That never seemed to coalesce.

The best parts are mainly the interviews with the killers, who are all very chillingly and effectively played by relative (or even total) unknowns. The period detail is done well, avoiding "look! it's the '70s!" overkill and just providing settled ambience. The look of the thing, all dull greys and blues and browns, is effective as well.

The plot, though, is a drawback as it just never really seems to kick into gear. They get their project, they talk to some more guys, help with a case or two... but nothing of much import until the rather overdone finale, I thought. I appreciate that Fincher wanted it to be low-key, that was well-handled, but when that comes at the expense of momentum then they need to work at it a bit more.

I'd say it was intriguing and promising rather than really good for the time being, but I'll gladly watch series two when it arrives.
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Re: Mindhunter

Postby slightbreeze » 10 Dec 2017, 11:46

Loved it.

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Postby Tactful Cactus » 10 Dec 2017, 22:11

I liked it without loving it. I loved Zodiac so I wanted to like it more.
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Postby Copehead » 23 Dec 2017, 04:44

PENK wrote:It was good, but slow going, I thought. The characters were very well-acted, and steered away from the "clean-cut eager beaver" and "gruff wisecracking veteran" stereotypes they might initially seem, fleshed out and taken into unpredictable territory. Not sure what's going on with the professor and the cat outside the window though. That never seemed to coalesce.

The best parts are mainly the interviews with the killers, who are all very chillingly and effectively played by relative (or even total) unknowns. The period detail is done well, avoiding "look! it's the '70s!" overkill and just providing settled ambience. The look of the thing, all dull greys and blues and browns, is effective as well.

The plot, though, is a drawback as it just never really seems to kick into gear. They get their project, they talk to some more guys, help with a case or two... but nothing of much import until the rather overdone finale, I thought. I appreciate that Fincher wanted it to be low-key, that was well-handled, but when that comes at the expense of momentum then they need to work at it a bit more.

I'd say it was intriguing and promising rather than really good for the time being, but I'll gladly watch series two when it arrives.


I'm really enjoying it. I like the fact that it doesn't go for a glib interview/case all wrapped up each episode feel but is more of a slow burning extended character piece. Although I do find the young preppy character a bit cartoony - overly naïve and gauche.

the period detail is lovely
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Re: Mindhunter

Postby bobzilla77 » 02 Jan 2018, 22:35

I really enjoyed it although I have to admit - I was surprised when I realized we'd reached the end of the last episode. I guess it manages to avoid a lot of familiar cop show cliches including the one that says, make the last episide of the season a nail-biter!
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Re: Mindhunter

Postby Copehead » 03 Jan 2018, 00:55

bobzilla77 wrote:I really enjoyed it although I have to admit - I was surprised when I realized we'd reached the end of the last episode. I guess it manages to avoid a lot of familiar cop show cliches including the one that says, make the last episide of the season a nail-biter!


I thought that it was almost like it ran out of funding half way through a series, although I don't think it did. The Deuce was a bit like that as well, it just stopped without actually coming to a satisfying finish or leaving a big cliff hanger for the next season.
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