Rent Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

3.3 of 5 from 181 ratings
1h 46min
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Synopsis:
Ted (Zac Efron): handsome, smart, charismatic, affectionate. Liz (Lily Collins): a single mother, cautious, but smitten. A picture of domestic bliss, the two seem to have it all figured out, that is until Ted is arrested and charged with a series of increasingly grisly murders. As concern turns to paranoia, Liz is forced to consider how well she knows the man she shares a life with and, as the evidence piles up, decide if Ted is truly a victim, or actually guilty as charged.
Actors:
, , , , Macie Carmosino, Ava Inman, , , Richard K. Jones, , , , , Maya Berlinger, , , , , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Joe Berlinger, Nicolas Chartier, Michael Costigan, Ara Keshishian, Michael Simkin
Writers:
Elizabeth Kendall, Michael Werwie
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Drama, New Releases, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/09/2019
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Behind the Scenes Special
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/09/2019
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Behind the Scenes Special

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Reviews (1) of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Extremely Average...but Efron shines - Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile review by JB

Spoiler Alert
Updated 07/11/2019

Zac Efron delivers a performance ten times better than the film itself in this story of real-life serial killer Ted Bundy and his long-term girlfriend (played by Lily Collins), who has no idea of her partner's crimes until he is arrested.

Focusing on the years from Bundy's first killing to his execution on death row, the film is told from the perspective of Bundy's girlfriend. The problem is the film becomes increasingly less interested in the girlfriend and much more interested in the details of the murders (although there's no onscreen violence, in a well-thought-out decision from director Joe Berlinger). She becomes a non-descript character, despite her significant screen time ... we never truly get to the bottom of how Bundy hid everything from her, why she sticks with him even though it becomes increasingly clear he is guilty and he is lying to her too, her thoughts on the murders or even how her thoughts on why he did them. It doesn't really work despite some nice touches on the way (the director, who has a background in documentary, puts in nice period detail and odd unsettling moments throughout).

Zac Efron is the reason to watch the film, though. As well as being alarmingly physically and facially similar to Bundy here (albeit with added Hollywood abs), he's got that heightened charisma of a psychopath nailed down and he becomes increasingly animated and delusional as the film goes on. He captures the cracks in the Bundy persona well, too. You can see why he was attracted to the role - there's a lot to work with here and it's another string to his bow. He's becoming really quite a different actor to the one who was in High School Musical (from this, to the Paperboy, to Baywatch).

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