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Sunday, May 25, 2008

MANHUNTER (1986)

Two decades of tv police procedurals have taken a toll on this Michael Mann serial-killer hunt/thriller, which promises more than it delivers, as per usual with Mann. He also, as per usual, confuses/conflates portentous with pretentious. The artful, blue-tinged compositions are apt & chilly, but it’s ladled out like Bordelaise on a mediocre entree. William Petersen gloomily tracks the creepy weirdo killer before he can get to the pretty blind lady while Mann’s chic tone of mournful dread holds steady for another outing (see HEAT or COLLATERAL).

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