For Christmas, I decided to watch something quiet, tranquil and less gory than ususal – a movie based upon the case of Andrei Chikatilo, the most prolific serial killer in the Soviet Union. “Citizen X” does a wonderful job here; the cast is excellent and the atmosphere transports the frustration of the investigators, yet isn’t frustrating to watch.
In the very beginning, I feared the movie would make the common mistake to slap fake accents on everyone, but luckily this isn’t the case and the few instances where a Russian accent comes through are believable. Unlike the various true crime documentaries that feel the need to have English voice overs with a thick accent to translate the native speakers. Seriously, what the hell? But that has nothing to do with the movie. That I kept thinking “what if Chikatilo was played by Brad Douriff? Would that make the movie even better?” may be relevant, and I can answer it with “na, it’s fine as it is”.
Famous Last Words: A better documentary than actual documentaries – recommended.