By Tara Coffey
The scary season is fast approaching! That means it’s time to put away those romantic comedies and start indulging in some mind-blowing, mind-blowing horror thrillers and movies! I’m a huge Halloween fan, and since I love movies too, this time of year is by far my favorite when it comes to what’s on the big screen.
I have always enjoyed watching classic horror movies, such as “Halloween” or “Scream” during this time of year. But psychological thrillers, like Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”, are by far the staples of this haunted season.
Over the past week, I have had the privilege of seeing the psychological thriller “The Little Things”. This film stars Oscar winner Denzel Washington as Deputy Sheriff Joe Deacon, Rami Malek as Detective Jim Baxter and Jared Leto as Albert Sparma.
The performances of these actors were more than fantastic and blew me away. Their portrayal of these characters made you feel as an audience connected to them and left the audience on the edge of their seats.
This story surrounds the character of Deacon in Washington, who solves a crime in Los Angeles where he was employed as a detective before being transferred to the East Coast. As the story progresses, you learn more about his character’s past and why he had to be transferred. John Deacon also meets Malek’s character Baxter who is a top detective in LA and they form a close relationship. Without giving too much away, you learn that these two characters have a lot in common and end up sharing similar experiences while trying to capture a serial killer who is terrorizing the women of their county.
The prime suspect ends up being Leto’s character, Sparma. Sparma is a very intriguing character and ends up being the embodiment of terror. Leto does an incredible job portraying this character’s psychological dysfunction and making audiences feel like he’s on the suspect’s mind. Leto does a phenomenal job of leaving audiences to wonder what his character is guilty of and if he really is the serial killer the detectives are looking for. Washington and Malek let you both encourage the good guys and love them from start to finish, while Leto has your skin crawling and can give you nightmares with his fantastical portrayal of a possible serial killer on the loose.
This movie has some incredible twists and turns, even until the last minute. Audiences leave this film wondering what the truth can really be and allow each person to develop their own thoughts on who can be the hero versus who is the villain. “The Little Things” ends up leaving you on the edge of your seat for the two hours it is on screen.
If you are a thrill seeker, crime fanatic, or someone who enjoys thrillers, I highly recommend “The Little Things,” directed by John Lee Hancock, streaming now on HBO Max.
Tara Coffey, Senior Major in Broadcasting
Originally printed on 09/15/21.