In “I Came By”, Hugh Bonneville plays a renowned British judge who hides a terrible secret in his cellar. A particularly dark thriller by Babak Anvari, director of “Wounds” and “Under the Shadow”.
I Came By : a break-in that turns into a tragedy
I Came By, it is the signature that graffiti artists Jay (Percelle Ascott) and Toby (George MacKay) leave in the luxurious residences where they enter in order to remind that no one is safe, not even the socially elevated. Robbery that Jay wants to stop, wanting to devote himself to the family he is founding with Naz (Varada Sethu).
When he tells Toby about the house of renowned judge Hector Blake (Hugh Bonneville), his partner tries to convince him to go there with him. Jay refuses and Toby commits the break-in alone. Once inside the property, he makes a terrible discovery. The days pass and the young man no longer gives any sign of his life. His mother Lizzie (Kelly Macdonald) and Jay set out to find him…
After trying out the horror with Under the Shadow and WoundsBabak Anvari directs a dark and violent thriller with I Came By. A feature film during which he manages to thwart the spectator’s expectations on several occasions, operating sudden turnarounds and not hesitating to sacrifice certain central characters to focus on others. Despite a totally anecdotal aesthetic and very poorly done ellipses, the film offers nice moments of tension and shows real cruelty.
Accustomed to characters full of bonhomie (Paddington, Monuments Men, Downtown Abbey), Hugh Bonneville finds an unprecedented sadistic role. A horrible individual hiding behind his title as well as his benevolence and his superficial smiles, reminiscent of other scoundrels who are good at passing themselves off as good beings in all respects.
For other kind and clean killers on ’em
The palm of the murderer capable of committing atrocities while keeping his barley sugar mask goes to Richard Attenborough in the excellent The Rillington Place Strangler, peak of malaise directed by Richard Fleischer. The actor lends his features to John Christie, a serial killer who once existed and pretended to be a doctor in order to attract his victims. His gaze during his assassinations, filmed in silence and through close-ups in dingy, cramped rooms, is absolutely terrifying.
In Arlington Rd by Mark Pellington, Jeff Bridges sinks into paranoia, convinced that his adorable neighbors played by Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack are planning a terrorist attack. For his part, Shia LaBeouf also has a very bad feeling about David Morse, who lives in the house next door, in Paranoia, modern re-reading of Courtyard window.
In Misery, the terrifying Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) takes time to reveal her true nature to the writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan), whom she collects at his home after a car accident. More recently, in the effective Midnight Silencea killer (Wi Ha-joon) stalks a deaf-mute mother (Kil Hae-yeon) and daughter (Jin Ki-joo) through the streets of Seoul at night, always managing to evade the police with his son-in-law look ideal.
I Came By is available on Netflix.