Netflix is no stranger to great true crime related shows; be that documentary style or scripted originals. With it’s newest original show, Mindhunter, they have another hit on their hands. If you’re like me, then you won’t be able to stop watching until you’ve binged the entire thing in a day. It’s really that good. The only drawback to the binge? That empty feeling you have when you realize that it’s over, and you have to wait months for new episodes-or like me, you can re-watch it.
Mindhunter is based on the book by by FBI Profiler extraordinaire, John Douglas. The show takes you along for the ride with FBI agents Ford and Trench(played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) as they try to deal with a new kind of killer in the 1970’s-the serial killer. They enlist the help of Dr. Wendy Carr(played by Anna Torv) to help them understand what they are dealing with. The two agents travel from one dirty and dimly lit prison to another. Along the way, they meet some of the most notorious serial killers ever and sit down with them one by one in an effort to understand what makes each one of them tick, and why they did what they did. Their goal is to understand the minds of these murderers so that they can use their new found knowledge to stop future serial killers by knowing how they think. But what they find is that sometimes, the answers that they are looking for don’t come easy. While most view these serial killers as monsters, Agents Ford and Trench soon discover that these monsters are also human beings, and in some cases alarmingly likable.
While the roles of the good guys has been well-cast, the same can also be said of the actors playing bad guys like Richard Speck and Jerry Brudos(played by Jack Erdie and Happy Anderson). But it’s the scene stealing portrayal of serial killer Edmund Kemper by Cameron Britton that is most memorable. Is it too early for Emmy nomination picks? If not, let me start the discussion for nominating Britton.
While the cast and storyline are both great, the cinematography and directing by David Fincher transport you back to the 1970’s. You feel like you are there, and this is evident in many of Fincher’s great films like Seven and my all time favorite, Zodiac(if you have somehow not watched Zodiac, please do). The final touch that makes Mindhunter great, is the music. It’s soft and quiet. The only way to describe it is that I imagine while listening to it, that it’s something they would play for the most violent of serial killers to calm them, and make them less threatening. As a result, it has the same calming effect on you as a viewer. I even went out and bought the soundtrack.
Some of you may think that this article sounds like a paid advertisement for the show. It’s not.(but I’m all ears Netflix if you need more advertising) The truth is, I usually only write about true crime related movies, and shows that I feel are top notch, and this is one of those. It’s binge worthy! But don’t take my word for it, watch it for yourself. Like me, you’ll be counting the days until season 2 is streaming.