David Fincher’s Mindhunter came out of nowhere to arrive on Netflix and instantly wrote itself into my top five shows of 2017.
Based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, the brutal series tells the tale of two FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench (played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) who try to solve cases by interviewing imprisoned multiple murderers to try to understand how newly coined “serial killers” think.
Overseen by Anna Torv (Fringe) large part of the series features the two FBI Behavioural Scientists interviewing imprisoned serial killers about their gruesome crimes which doesn’t sound that exciting. But what sets the show head, shoulders and pancreas above it’s peers is the fact that most shows would accompany the interviews with stylised flashbacks to the murders. One of the most ingenius aspects of Mindhunter is the way it builds so much tension without flashbacks, gimmicks and parlour tricks which, of course, is down to the quality of the writing, directing and performances.
And speaking of Fincher’s directing skills, I’ll leave you with this impressive Youtube video essay from Nerdwriter because he’ll sum the Zodiac, Alien 3 and Se7en director’s skills up better than I can:
If you haven’t seen Mindhunter yet, do it now!