Drew Peterson: Untouchable (Lifetime) Advance Review

Drew Peterson Untouchable (Lifetime)
Tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET, Lifetime premieres its much anticipated and, perhaps, overly advertised movie, DREW PETERSON: UNTOUCHABLE starring Rob Lowe. Untouchable is based on the true story of Drew Peterson, the man in the middle of the mystery of the disappearing fourth wife and untimely death of a third wife. Rob Lowe stars as Drew Peterson, the police seargent who, by all accounts, was a likeable ladies man, but whom many believe was ultimately a cold blooded killer. Kaley Cuoco stars as Stacy Peterson, Drew’s young fourth wife, who ignored the warning signs and even direct comments from Drew’s third wife, Kathleen Savio (Cara Buono). The movie also stars William Mapother as Drew’s half brother, Kevin, and Catherine Dent as the Petersons’ neighbor, Karen.

With all of the hype about this movie being Rob Lowe’s ultimate performance and “like you’ve never seen him before,” I wondered if Untouchable would end up being a nonstop Rob Lowe advertisement. Luckily, that is not so. Although I am a huge fan of Rob Lowe, when it comes to based-on-real-life stories, I like the movies to be focused on the story. I will say that Rob Lowe’s acting was amazing. Although you can recognize him facially, he really did take on the personality and speaking ways of Drew Peterson. I looked back at the real photos of Drew and they definitely got it right. Although the movie Drew looked a bit more youthful (does Rob Lowe EVER age?), it was a very good likeness. Rob Lowe was also able to portray a man with no real soul behind his eyes. That helped lend realism and coldness to his threatening behavior and almost psychotic presentation. The only thing that bothered me was the accent. It seemed that the only person with an accent was Drew, which I found strange and distracting.

Untouchable starts toward the end of the story, but not the very end. The viewer sees Drew Peterson being interviewed about his missing fourth wife, Stacy, and a little about his third wife’s death. The viewer then goes back to the demise of his third marriage, his meeting and wooing of Stacy, and from there the story is told. Untouchable has an effective story telling method. The viewer sees all sides. There is the charming Drew, the threatening Drew, the angry and threatened soon-to-be ex-wife, the innocent wife-to-be. Perhaps the most disturbing to watch is Stacy Peterson. It is hard to watch her so young and naive (23 years old to Drew’s 53) to her eventual realization that Kathleen’s warnings were founded in truth. Combine that with chilling dialogue such as Stacy’s uttering “Everything’s fine. Drew just threw me into a TV. Want to help me make margaritas?” and Untouchable becomes riveting.

Drew Peterson is shown saying in an interview that the best thing about marriage is the honeymoon. He then follows that up by saying that “honeymoons never last long enough.” Untouchable focuses on this idea and makes the events in the movie feel as if they happened so quickly when, in reality, Drew was married to Kathleen for almost 11 years and to Stacy for just over four. Naturally, a movie about a disappearance and possible murder needs to focus on those aspects. Even with the speed of events in the movie, Untouchable manages to show the actual passage of time with the relationship built between Stacy and her neighbor, Karen. Catherine Dent has a remarkable performance as Stacy’s neighbor and friend who notices almost immediately that something is off in the Peterson relationship.

I was looking forward to watch Untouchable and I was not disappointed. It provided me with new insight into the case and entertained me with Rob Lowe’s transformation. Even more so, it provided me with a very chilling 10 minutes (roughly the last 10 of the film), in large part to William Mapother’s performance. I would highly recommend this movie.

Tune into Drew Peterson: Untouchable tonight at 8 pm ET on Lifetime and then come back here and tell me what you thought.

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