Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile” had all the potential to be a great movie, but it ultimately is just a barely okay one. I found it interesting and promising that this movie was directed by Joe Berlinger who directed the flawed but ultimately compelling documentary series “Conversations with a Killer” on Netflix. I honestly thought the documentary series was more in-depth and interesting. This movie fails to have any real direction and I feel newcomers to the disturbing yet fascinating tale will not have much interest in the movie. Because I had a decent idea of the context and series of events thanks to the documentary, I was able to be somewhat interested in this movie. I think more than anything else, Zac Efron does an outstanding job in the movie. He has definitely grown as an actor over the years and this movie is a solid example of that. I also thought the movie raises some interesting viewpoints on the death penalty that can certainly spark discussions. It’s a movie that isn’t bad but also isn’t great, and ultimately feels like wasted potential, but I’m glad I saw it because Efron does a rock solid job.

3/5 STARS

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