Citizen X (TV Movie 1995)

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Citizen X: Directed by Chris Gerolmo. With Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow, Jeffrey DeMunn. During the 1980s, Soviet authorities hunt for a serial killer who picks his victims in railway stations and commuter trains and lures them into the woods.

“Hereu0026#39;s an oddity: a modern-day film about a serial killer that has no fight scenes, nobody seen dying, no car chases and no loud noises…..and it takes place in Russia. There are only two short action scenes but they are horrific.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe rest of the story is detective work, and how much red tape the poor detective had to go through to solve the murders. This is a very somber movie, and u0026quot;somberu0026quot; best describes the personality of the hero (Stephen Rea), as well. Yet, the story is not depressing and itu0026#39;s very interesting all the way through.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eRea is outstanding as the determined, harried-looked detective. Jeffrey DeMunn is downright scary as the killer. Donald Sutherlandu0026#39;s Russian accent is suspect but he plays the only character in this film that has some warmth.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOnce again, the story is dotted with liberal agendas, here and there, with not one but two references to bias against gays, the total validity of secular psychology, police and government officials being boorish/crude/bigoted, yadda, yadda, yadda. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOtherwise, itu0026#39;s an intelligent and refreshingly low-key crime film. This is a somewhat unique film that probably is not well-known but is well-liked by the people who have seen it. Since itu0026#39;s based on a true-life account of this killer, itu0026#39;s all the more chilling. Donu0026#39;t pass this by just because you havenu0026#39;t anything about it.”


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