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‘Killer Among Us’ review: Serial killer movie takes no prisoners

Not a simple case of murder.

Killer Among Us takes the idea of mismatched partners and raises everything to the highest degree. It is the nearing Fourth of July and rookie police officer Aisha Parks (Yasha Jackson) is tasked to work a case with grizzled veteran Sgt. Corbucci (Bruce MacVittie). A serial killer is on the loose and the two must save a teenager’s life. 

The stakes do not get much higher than that. Writer-director Charlie Scharfman is not pulling any punches with Killer Among Us. The film takes on gender, race, and patriotism. Nothing is done with subtly as the entire movie barrels forward. On the one hand, this makes for a brisk watch. Jackson and MacVittie have great chemistry together. The work very well with each other and are the highlight of Killer Among Us. Since everything keeps escalating, there is also a constant sense of danger.

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This is not always a good thing, however. Killer Among Us never gives anything time to actually sink in. Everything is the worst case scenario until it escalates to an even worse case. For example, what starts as a man acting suspiciously with a sex worker soon involves minors. There is a point to be made here, but the film does not allow itself to do so. 

The story itself is an interesting one. The movie is clearly trying to make a comment on today’s political climate. While Killer Among Us does have a tendency to paint in broad strokes, it also brings up interesting points regarding how members of society are perceived and treated. There is also a decent serial killer story to be found.

Killer Among Us releases on VOD April 16

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