Wednesday, November 30, 2016

STARBURST review of The Anatomy of Monsters

After serial killer Andrew sets out for another night of hunting, he encounters the attractive and nerdy Sarah in a bar and after some intellectual flirting they are soon heading to an anonymous motel room. What follows is a series of confessions and mind games that gradually reveal the extent to which neither of them are who they claimed, even to themselves.

Anatomy of Monsters feels a little like a stage play, with lengthy dialogue-driven scenes that focus far more on character than action, allowing you deep inside the heads of killers and what drives them while also preventing them from truly feeling anything about the deaths afterwards.

It’s not much of a spoiler to reveal that Sarah is also a serial killer and was hunting Andrew as much as he thought he was hunting her. The dynamic between them during the series of shifting manipulations is fascinating to watch, as are the stories Sarah weaves of the development of her craft alongside a fledgling romantic relationship. She is by far the more prominent of the pair, as her tales take up much of the film’s running time, and despite sitting prone on a bed with her arms handcuffed behind her back and facing a guy brandishing a hunting knife, it still feels like she’s the one in control.

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