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Evilenko (2004)

Director:
David Grieco
COUNTRY
Italy
GENRE
Thriller/Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Evilenko
RUNNING TIME
90 minutes
Producer:
Mario Cotone
Screenwriter:
David Grieco


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Andrej Romanovic Evilenko Malcolm McDowell
Vadim Lesiev Marton Csokas

 

Review

Underrated and underused Malcolm McDowell is very well cast as Andrej Romanovic Evilenko (real-life Andrej Romanovic Cikatilo) who raped and murdered some fifty young girls and women around the former Soviet Union in the 1980s. For some reason, this David Grieco film is very interested in linking his behaviour to the Russian political state at the time. The connection might hold some truth, but is given too much focus in Evilenko. The film should have gone deeper into the killer's mind instead, but of course, with the uncertainty and lack of material surrounding the real-life murderer this story is based upon, it might have been risky business. What we're left with is a fairly interesting (but somewhat stiff) crime story and a Malcolm McDowell in superb form - had he only been given a bit more to work with. Kudos to both McDowell and Grieco for the the former's original final scene in the film.

Copyright 2.1.2006 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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