Made for TV, insightful, rent it.
S. Montroy | Denver | 03/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Assuming you have followed the BTK case, you will want to rent this. Buy it? Guess that depends upon your level of obsession. If you know enough about Rader then you will find Gregg Henry's performance at least somewhat inspired if not borderline spooky. His mannerisms are spot on, and he does at least resemble the man. Although Rader is far from human in my eyes, Henry succeeds in bringing out his level of depravity. This work is something made-for-TV, sanctioned by local Wichita Author Beattie (multiple cameos), that was maybe on CourtTV (?) At any rate, it is insightful, yet never really makes you feel immersed or entirely sympathetic towards any of the protagonists. At a skim 88 minutes, it is simply an "addendum" to Beattie's excellent book. Read that, then see this. It is at least somewhat budgeted. Not every detail is accurate (miniscule stuff that only would bother the locals). 3 and 1/2 stars."
Better Than The Other Two I Watched
C. Bloomfield | Kansas | 02/01/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Being a transplant to Kansas, I had heard some talk of the Wichita serial killer. Wichita is over 100 miles from the little Kansas town that I have lived in since 1970 so it was far removed enough from me that I paid little attention to it. However, the day Dennis Rader was apprehended I was a patient in a Wichita hospital and coverage of him and his arrest was all over the TV. I became pretty interested in the case and began to look into it. This movie follows the actual story reasonably well. I was unimpressed with the acting but if you're just wanting to see a story about what really happened, this is the closest-to-the-facts version I have seen. There are two other BTK DVDS available on Amazon, but they are unwatchable. This one isn't all that great, but it does give you an overall idea of what happened."