The Postcard Killings
review by Bobby Blakey
I have been a fan of Jeffrey Dean Morgan for years going back to his days on Supernatural and beyond. His latest film, The Postcard Killings teams him up with Famke Janssen, Cush Jumbo, Joachim Król, Steven Mackintosh, and Denis O’Hare. Could this film offer up a case of vengeance worth following or will it fail to find its closure?
The Postcard Killings follows Detective Jacob Kanon’s whose world is destroyed when his daughter and son-in-law are brutally murdered in London. Unable to sit idly by and do nothing, Jacob travels to London to get the answers he needs. As he learns of similar heinous murders happening across Europe - each preceded by a postcard sent to a local journalist - Jacob is in a race against time to stop the killings and find justice for his little girl.
I really love movies like this that offer up not only interesting mysteries, but clever killings that play up the visual of them. This film reminds me on some level to one of my favorites, Seven but without the same intense impact. The story here is intriguing and I loved the twist to it all, but figured it out so quickly that it left me wondering where it missed its step. There are so many elements in place really trying to steer you in various directions and had it worked then it would have been a great reveal, but sadly it still felt pretty obvious.
There are some elements that still creep in that will surprise some and who knows maybe it will come as a shock to some, but I felt like it missed an opportunity. The slow pacing makes it a bit harder to get into it at first, but once it gets going it is still a good movie. The visuals of the murders themselves are excellent. They offer up a gruesome tale that is not soon forgotten but definitely step up what could have just been another throw away straight to home release feature. I give the movie props on the feel of it as it does feel big and Morgan is great in it, but it just needed more.
In addition to the film this release offers up a featurette taking behind the scenes of bringing this film to life. Grab your copy of The Postcard Killings available now on Blu-ray and DVD on May 19th from RLJE Films.