I think Netflix has officially become the go-to source for the best TV around.
Mindhunter tells the story of a team of FBI agents in the 1970s who interview incarcerated murderers in an attempt to come up with a baseline profile to help catch similar killers, despite constant backlash from their more “traditional” superiors and coworkers. They come up with words like serial killer and profiling in the process.
This is easily one of my favorite series Netflix has come out with so far. The story instantly grabs you and forces you to be invested. It’s based on things that actually happened, but isn’t really a true store. The characters are all interesting and the acting is top notch. You actually begin to like some of the killers just based on how the character is portrayed, similar to the effect Hannibal Lecter has in Silence of the Lambs, but not quite as much. In fact, a lot of the series has a Silence of the Lambs kind of feel. It is produced by David Fincher (Seven, Zodiac, Gone Girl), with him even directing a few episodes, and you can definitely see his touch. A ton of talent is involved in this show and that’s the main reason it is so good.
I don’t have a lot of complaints. Obviously some episodes are better than others, but none seem to drag too much. Some of the characters have shifts, especially towards other characters, that seem a little sudden and underdeveloped. They will go from liking each other to hating each other to liking each other again in back to back episodes.
Overall, Mindhunter is a great addition to Netflix’s TV repertoire. It isn’t for everyone due to it’s very dark tone, language, and some violence. But if you can handle similar shows and movies, you can probably handle this. Be prepared to binge, because you’ll probably want to. Mindhunter gets a 4.5/5.
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