Review: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

The biographical crime thriller film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile has arrived on Netflix and it was worth the wait.

This Netflix original movie tells us the tale of the 1970s serial killer, Theodore “Ted” Bundy (Zac Efron). In 1969, Bundy meets Elizabeth “Liz” Kloepfer (Lily Collins) at a bar in Seattle. Soon after, they start a relationship and begin to grow closer to each other.

After moving in with Liz and her daughter Molly, Bundy was arrested for kidnapping and murder. Liz became convinced of this crime, but she remains by his side. Bundy was later on sentenced to prison for aggravated assault.

This original film had a few appealing qualities. The first thing was the perspective of Liz. Many of us know about the crimes that Bundy has committed during his time. However, it’s fascinating to view the journey from Liz’s point of view.

This perspective brings me to the performance of Lily Collins. The Les Misérables star stood out when she learned about his crimes. She was torn between the love she has for Bundy and the truth. All of the pain and sadness that she displayed had me glued to my seat.

Zac Efron also earned some praise. This was Efron’s first role as a serial killer and he gathered all of the traits of Ted Bundy. He was manipulative, charming, dark and dangerous. Basically, Efron’s performance of the infamous serial killer was exceptional.

Many of us (including me) never pictured Efron portraying a serial killer. “I’m not into portraying a serial killer,” Efron said on the Ellen Degeneres show on Wednesday. However, doing this movie from a different perspective got him interested.

The storyline of the movie also caught my attention. Ted Bundy was doing all of his illegal acts and Liz had deal with his trials and go through her conflicting feelings.

All in all, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a watchable movie for those who enjoy drama, thrillers and Zac Efron.

“Featured Image via Radio Times”

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