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The Little Things Movie Review: Suspenseful Crime Thriller

Article by Oliver Nash
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Posted: February 09, 2021  

The Rundown

The Little Things is a 2021 American neo-noir crime film written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and produced by Hancock and Mark Johnson. The plot follows two police officers (Denzel Washington and Rami Malek) who try to catch a serial killer in 1990 Los Angeles, when they find a strange man (Jared Leto) who becomes their top suspect. Chris Bauer, Michael Hyatt, Terry Kinney, and Natalie Morales also star.

The Review

Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Washington) is sent to Los Angeles for what should be a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city. Leading the hunt, L.A. homicide detective Sergeant Jim Baxter (Malek), impressed with Deke’s cop instincts, unofficially engages his help. 

But as they track the killer, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case. The script is more than just about hunting down a killer. It unravels the mystery that is Deacon’s past, the paranoia associated with it and how it affects his partner Sergeant Baxter.

Despite the amazing cast and the welcome focus on the emotional toll police work can take on individuals, the film has flaws. At times it slides into such visual incompetence that even its most basic sequences are so sloppily, carelessly, and thoughtlessly constructed that it’s disconcerting.


The Hits

• The star power of the film’s leading men – Washington, Malek and Leto.
• The moral dilemma facing the officers in the film.
• Exceptional delivery of exhilarating scenes and hidden twists in between.

The Misses
• The film had such a dissatisfying ending.
• The good scenes in The Little Things did not feel original.

OMG Moment
The murder cover up!

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Movie Courtesy of Westgate Cinema

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