Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 4th, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: USA, March 14th, 2013 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Production Company: All Channel Films Distribution
Approximate running time: 108 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Director: Caspian Tredwell-Owen
Writer: Caspian Tredwell-Owen
Cinematographer: Joe Picciolo
Editor: Joseph Gutowski
Cast: Gabriele Angieri, Joey Pollari, Emily Fradenburgh
Synopsis: A retired FBI agent agrees to briefly come out retirement when a friend who works in law enforcement asks him to help out on case.
Content wise Profile of a Killer has all the ingredients that one would want and expect from a psychological thriller. A killer’s whose motivations and actions keep you on the edge of your seat wondering where he is going to take you when all is said and done. Also his well above average level of intelligence makes him a formidable foe for those trying to capture.
And the flip side of the coin is a pair of law enforcement agents who prove to be up to the task to tracking down this cold blooded killer. One agent is a confident female agent named Rachel, who is cut in the same tradition as FBI agent Clarice Starling right on down a traumatic incident from her childhood. The other agent now retired is named Saul who since retirement has written a book about his experiences working as a profiler. This character also has a unique way to approaching the evidence and trying to understand the killers he profiles.
From a narrative stand point this film is structurally on solid ground. There are no issues with pacing as each new revelation is given just the right amount of time to resonate. And though there is some time devoted to the more personal side of the characters which populate this film. The bulk of this film is devoted to the pursuant of the killer.
The violence depicted in the film is sufficiently graphic and when the after affect of the killers work is revealed is it more gruesome then gory. To put it more bluntly these are not your slash and kill murders. This killer puts a lot of effort in how they posed.
One of the area that this film excels the most are its outstanding visuals which do a flawless job engulfing the viewer in the snow peaked Minnesota landscapes. This choice of landscape perfectly reinforces why it is so hard to track the killer and why no one has escaped the killers clutches.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this film is how well everything comes together in Profile of a Killer considering that this film was written and directed by a first time filmmaker Caspian Tredwell-Owen. He has a precise vision of what he wants to capture on screen and if this film is any indications of what is yet to come from him, then the future looks very bright indeed.
From casting perspective one could not have asked for more than the way the main characters are portrayed in this film. This film’s anchor performance wise is Gabriele Angieri in the role of Saul the retired FBI agent. The other two key performances are Emily Fradenburgh in the role of Rachel the FBI agent assigned to this case and Joey Pollari in the role of the killer. Each actor creates a well rounded performance that makes their character all the more tangible.
Ultimately Profile of a Killer is a first rate thriller that does an amazing job exploring the darker sides of humanity.
Note: This title was release on DVD by Grand Entertainment Group, LLC on June 18, 2013 and it can be purchased here.