Fri­day Mind­hunter Net­flix

Sunday Herald Life - - TV & RADIO -

DE­SPITE hav­ing a ti­tle that makes it sound like a swiftly can­celled 1980s Amer­i­can ac­tion show, this is one of the most an­tic­i­pated new Net­flix se­ries for some time. Cre­ated by David Fincher, the drama is loosely based on the mem­oir by for­mer FBI man John Dou­glas (the in­spi­ra­tion for the fig­ure of Jack Craw­ford in Si­lence Of The Lambs), and ex­plores the pe­riod when the Bu­reau was pi­o­neer­ing the sci­ence of crim­i­nal pro­fil­ing, and the depths those early pro­fil­ers plumbed to un­der­stand their sub­ject – mur­der­ers for whom they even­tu­ally coined the term “se­rial killer.” Set in 1979, we fo­cus on two agents of the FBI’s Se­rial Crime unit, Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCal­lany), as they set out to study im­pris­oned psy­chopaths, hop­ing to gain some in­sight into un­solved cases. No pre­views were avail­able, but, judg­ing by the trailer, the early episodes, di­rected by Fincher, see him op­er­at­ing in a tense mode mid­way be­tween his movies Se7en and the bril­liant Zo­diac. Un­nerv­ing is the word.

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