Film & TV

Film Review: The Little Things

Denzel Washington stars in this tense crime thriller, alongside Rami Malek and Jared Leto.

If you’re looking for something that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat from start to finish, then The Little Things is the movie for you.

It’s a fantastic, suspenseful, haunting, psychological thriller that showcases top talent from three Oscar-winning leading actors Denzel Washington, Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Jared Leto. This is a movie that will thrill you and scare you half to death all the way through.

The story starts in 1990 when a young girl is on her way home driving through the middle of nowhere, when all of a sudden, she finds herself in imminent danger. This scene has you catching your breath and hooks you in from the start.

Denzel Washington plays anguished, disgraced, broken LAPD detective Joe Deacon, who lives with his dog in the middle of a small country town. He lost his marriage, suffered a heart attack and had to leave town because he couldn’t resolve a brutal case – a double murder of two women that resulted in suspension from the force. All in the space of six months.

Joe is sent to pick up some evidence for a case his department are hoping to solve, and finds himself wrapped up in a case assisting Jim Baxter (Remy Malek) who is his cocky replacement, desperate to track down a brutal serial killer who is terrifying the city.

Baxter takes Joe with him to the latest crime scene, to see if a fresh pair of eyes from the legendary detective, will help assist him in solving the case. Joe picks up on unobserved clues at the crime scene and goes by the motto “It’s the little things that are important, Jimmy. It’s the little things that get you caught.”

Joe decides to take some leave and finds that handyman Albert Sparma (chillingly played by Jared Leto) could have something to do with the brutal murders.

Sparma is a creepy loner who gets off from playing with the Police Department. The scene between our three main actors in the interrogation room is chilling beyond words and when Sparma chases Joe in his car down the road it’s incredibly unsettling. Leto adds shades to his character of the suspect that leave you cold.

This is a thrilling cat and mouse race against time to try to catch the serial killer and prevent any more murders from happening.

Joe is haunted by past victims in the night in his hotel room, and the thought that cases can emotionally destroy Baxter in the same way is always lurking. Towards the end of the movie, Baxter is becoming obsessed to the point that he too will succumb to the same fate as Joe, in that he will be broken beyond repair and lose everything he holds close.

Denzel plays his character so convincingly, wrapped up in anguish and despair and desperate to make right a cover up from his past. Malek keeps you on edge and Leto plays his character with such chilling perfection, that you won’t sleep for a week!

The ending is tense, tragic and bitter sweet. The crime scenes are bloody and the story makes you anxious all the way through.

Slick, thrilling, entertaining and definitely one to watch for crime and murder mystery genre fans.

The Little Things opens on February 18th

Review by Gemma Crossland

HAUNTING 4 stars

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