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The film's action began in 1969, when single mother Lisa (Lily Collins) met Ted (Zac Efron), who soon became an integral part of her life and her daughter. Ted is a law student and spent a lot of time out of the house, and their idyll disproved of charges of assault and abuse. Ted's excuse is that it's a conspiracy, and Lisa's love and confidence are swinging with every new case and new evidence piling up against him ...
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Will was directed by Joe Berlinger, a man who has a reputation as a quality author of true crime documentaries. Ted Bundy is the theme of his documentary mini-series The Ted Bundy Tapes, and I expected this film, based on true crimes and cruelty, to be at the level of sleeplessness. Contrary to my expectations, this film almost completely hides thing from the title and deals with Bundy as a charismatic man and a dangerous manipulator - the authors do not use and do not represent the abominable nature of his works, and this is for all praise.
The story of Bundy (at least initially) is tracked from the perspective of his long-time girl Liz, whose character is a tragic reminder that the ones we love most can fool us. The mitigating circumstance is that Bundy deceived and blinded a large part of America with her civility, charisma and intelligence. However, the film in the second part does not follow its point of view, but the authors show the impressive Bundy Charm during the Florida trial, which even the judge (John Malkovich) did not remain immune.
I got the impression that the authors themselves could not resist Bundy on the screen, so Liz became a minor, almost one-dimensional character in the second half of his story. I caught myself that I was not even interested in her story in addition to the performance of Zack Efron, who is the master of the film. Alterably charming, discerning and belligerent, I was thrilled by the way in which I captured Bundy's charisma, which, just when the view of a deeply disturbed sociopath had to be overcome.
Ephron certainly was in favor of possessing charisma, and it turns out that he is able to find a way to catch the malice lurking under an attractive surface. His casting successfully set the tone for a movie that is occasionally too comfortable, but it's intriguing all the time. In this simplicity lies the reason that we do not see Bundy doing crimes, but also the reason that female heroines are practically bent aside.
My objections are that the authors had to decide whether to accentuate Bundy's relationship with Liz or to explore Bandy in depth. This is the case in both cases in the middle, and when it comes to Efron's performance, the film leaves an impression of untapped potential. It is not classical biographically because we do not know anything about Bundy i from the period before Liz, we do not have any insight into the impulses that forced him to commit crimes, nor does the story deal with investigations or victims, which are a footnote in the script.