‘The Little Things’ throws us back to a time some 25 years ago, hoping to revive the dark and brooding thriller that became popular with the likes of ‘Seven’ and ‘The Bone Collector’.
However, this slow-going film fails to get there in the end, with the final 30 minutes only offering one disappointment after the other.
Carrying the film like no one else can, Denzel Washington stars in the role of Joe Deacon, an ex-detective who left his coveted role due to the post-traumatic stress of one unsolvable case, featuring three dead women who haunt him relentlessly. When more dead women begin appearing across Los Angeles, he is drawn back into the world he left.
Washington is joined somewhat less successfully by fellow castmate Rami Malek, who came across odd and clipped in comparison to his showstopping performance as Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
Jared Leto rounds out the trio, who might be the most terrifying suspect in any crime film this year. His performance is made even creepier knowing that he’s a method actor, and probably pretended to be the grotty Albert Sparma character for the entire three months of filming.
Overall, this film was a slow, dark burn that fizzled instead of flamed.
See this movie at Hoyts Penrith.
Erin Christie is the Weekender’s entertainment and community news journalist. She has worked with Are Media, Good Reading Magazine and a host of other publications.