Manhunter ★★★★

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Manhunter exudes cinematic style in every frame: Michael Mann really nails the tension, the stakes, the sense of urgency. It is immensely watchable as a crime thriller, but layered onto this are difficult questions about the nature of psychopathy and whether it is essentially latent in everyone. Michael Peterson is the weak link here, stuck with a role which requires him to do a lot explaining (and on occasion yelling) out loud what he is thinking. Brian Cox as Lecktor is fantastic in his handful of scenes, even if he would be unfairly overshadowed by Anthony Hopkins a few years later. The soundtrack dates the film quite obviously to the 80s- not saying this is a good or bad thing, but it is certainly a thing.

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