Hangman Movie Review – Al Pacino, Karl Urban & Brittany Snow
So from the sound of Hangman starring Al Pacino and Karl Urban sounded great when I first read the synopsis for the movie, a decorated homicide detective Ray Archer (Al Pacino) partners with criminal profiler Will Ruiney (Karl Urban) to catch one of the city’s notoriously vicious serial killers, who is playing a twisted version of murder inspired by the children’s game Hangman. Every 24 hours, a body is hung revealing the next letter carved into the victim’s body.
As crime journalist Christi Davies (Brittany Snow) reports on the crime spree, the trio must race against the clock to prevent further murders. Archer and Ruiney become more entangled in the ruthless game than they could ever have imagined, but they must keep playing to save lives and attempt to catch the Hangman.
So I settled down to watch the movie the other night, and couldn’t wait to see how it played out, especially as it has two of my favourite actors, Pacino and Urban, in it. But I found myself getting confused by the story throughout this low-ish budget thriller, I was hoping for something along the lines of some of the other brilliant movies from Al Pacino, but sadly this one falls far from the tree!
Throughout the film you do get the feeling that Pacino is doing the movie as a favour to someone he knows and seems like is usual acting prowess has been left at the door, which is such a shame, as the idea for the movie is a good one, but it didn’t seem to keep me fixed to the characters or indeed the victims of the Hangman.
Now don’t get me wrong, Hangman isn’t all that bad, there are some eye-catching scenes during the movie, such as the shocking moments with the victims, but the movie really didn’t have me wanting to dig deeper into what was happening, halfway through I got to the point of not even caring about what was happening, yet alone trying to work out who was committing the atrocities or if there was going to be a twist to the tale.
For a low budget movie, Hangman is a movie that you can either take it or leave it, but of course this is just my opinion of the movie, if you would like to make up your own mind then Hangman is out now from iTunes, Amazon, Rakuten TV, Play, Microsoft, Sky Store, TalkTalk, Vubiquity, BT.