‘To Catch A Killer’ Trailer: Shailene Woodley Is A Modern Day Clarice Starling In ‘Wild Tales’ Director’s New Crime Film

To Catch a Killer. The title sounds like a series of crime docs on MSNBC, not the title of a major feature film.  But generic title aside, this crime thriller boasts the talents of Shailene Woodley and Ben Mendelsohn, so expectations should be pretty high for it.

In true Clarice Starling fashion, Woodley plays a young police officer with a special gift that is recognized by a veteran FBI agent. He recruits her to help him track down an unknown sniper who has law enforcement on a wild good chase. She’s there to…DUN DUN…Catch A Killer!!!

The film also stars Jovan Adepo, Ralph Ineson, and Rosemary Dunsmore. But what’s perhaps most interesting is that it comes from director Damián Szifron, who made a big splash in 2014 with his film Wild Tales. He hasn’t done anything since, and honestly, this looks sorta bland by comparison. Perhaps they’re holding back and not giving away too much in trailers?

To Catch A Killer opens on April 21st.

A modern-day Clarice Starling, Eleanor (Shailene Woodley) is a young police investigator wrestling with the demons of her past when she is recruited by the FBI’s chief investigator (Ben Mendelsohn) to help profile and track the work of a disturbed individual. As the police and FBI launch a nationwide manhunt, they are thwarted at every turn by the individual’s unprecedented behavior. Given her tortured psyche, Eleanor may be the only person who can understand the mind of their assailant and bring him to justice.


Travis Hopson
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