THE HUNT FOR THE I-5 KILLER (Lifetime) Advance Review

Lifetime premieres its latest crime dramatization, THE HUNT FOR THE I-5 KILLER, tonight at 8 pm ET. The movie is based on the true story, and the book by Ann Rule telling the story, of the almost year long hunt for a serial killer targeting victims in close proximity to the I-5 freeway from Washington to Oregon to California. Although termed a killer, and he indeed did kill women, he also robbed, assaulted, and raped them. Unfortunately, his targets also included children.

The Hunt for the I-5 Killer has John Corbett as its star, playing Dave Kominek, the Dectective that recognized that there was a serial killer loose and tirelessly worked every lead and avenue to bring him to justice. The movie also stars Sara Canning (formerly Jenna of The Vampire Diaries) who plays Beth Williams, one of the I-5 killer’s surviving victims, and the one that sparked Detective Kominek’s year long search. The movie also boasts Bo Derek, an FBI agent that has about 10 minutes of screen time.

The movie does a good job of setting up the hunt by showing some of the actual crimes that happened before the search, and uses a quick flash scene sequence during the events so that even the viewer does not see who the killer is. As with all true crime stories, it is hard to surprise a viewer who already knows the ending and the identity of the killer. The Hunt for the I-5 Killer, which eventually shows the killer in his daily life about half way through the movie, still effectively provides the twist that is part of this story. I will not reveal that for those who do not know. Although I was familiar with this story and the crimes, I myself did not remember the twist and was surprised.

My only complaint about this movie is that John Corbett, whom I usually love, did not portray the part of the detective well at all. First, he had his usual swagger, which is less like a detective and more like Aidan on Sex and the City. Second, none of his suit jackets seemed to fit properly. Obviously, that does not ruin the entire movie, but I found it to be quite distracting. Third, he was prone to making loud enthusiastic outbursts at really inopportune times. I found it strange.

Overall, however, I enjoyed the movie. Sara Canning was great in her role. If you are a fan of true crime movies, I think you will enjoy The Hunt for the I-5 Killer. So, check it out tonight at 8 pm ET and then come back here and tell me what you think.

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