David Fincher’s extraordinarily dark crime drama Mindhunter poses a question that will be explored over the course of the series: what makes heinous criminals do the things they do?
The answer is likely to be multifaceted and elusive, and if the two episodes screened for review ahead of the series launch on Friday are anything to go by, rather harrowing, too.
Based on the real-life experiences of former FBI Agent John E. Douglas, the show charts the inception of the FBI’s criminal profiling programme in the late 1970s, as detailed in his book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. Many of the crimes, which are shocking and brutal, are real; as are the murderers involved – and while the Gone Girl director manages to sprinkle in some bleak humour, the darkness is almost all-consuming. For this reason, a binge-watch is almost out of
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