‘No Man of God’ Review: Buddying Up to Bundy

“No Man of God” can’t assist however play just like the particular Ted Bundy episode of “Mindhunter” we haven’t gotten to see but. The film, directed by Amber Sealey, dramatizes what it sees because the rapport that developed between Bundy (Luke Kirby) and the F.B.I. profiler Bill Hagmaier (Elijah Wood), who visited Bundy in jail and tried to decide his mind.

While they aren’t the one two characters — Robert Patrick seems as Hagmaier’s boss, and Aleksa Palladino performs a lawyer making an attempt to get Bundy a reprieve from execution — the film is at coronary heart a two-hander, with tense scenes of Bundy and Hagmaier interrogating every one other. Will Hagmaier get Bundy to share each grisly element? Or will Bundy crack him? In this telling, they develop snug sufficient for at the least Bundy to take into account it a friendship.

For anybody who has heard audio of Bundy, Kirby’s impersonation will sound chillingly shut to the true killer’s deadened, but at occasions disturbingly raffish, cadence. Wood is persuasive, too, though Kit Lesser’s script writes the character as a cliché: the agent who will get too shut.

Introductory textual content says the movie is impressed by F.B.I. transcripts, recordings and Hagmaier’s recollections, however the conversations carry a definite echo of different serial-killer films. Bundy desires to persuade Hagmaier that he, too, could be succesful of homicide, and that they assume related ideas. The thoughts meld turns into so intense that when Bundy unburdens himself towards the tip, Sealey employs crosscutting that attracts consideration to the connections between them, and has Hagmaier recite dialogue that ought to logically be popping out of Bundy’s mouth. The movie’s Hagmaier might lastly have gotten inside Bundy’s head, however — even within the forthrightly nonrealistic context of the sequence — the mental-linkage conceit is absurd.

No Man of God
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes. In theaters and obtainable to lease or purchase on Amazon, Apple TV and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators.