Film Review – Hangman (2017)

Al Pacino, Karl Urban and Brittany Snow star in Johnny Martin directed film Hangman.


Decorated homicide detective Ray Archer (Al Pacino) partners with criminal profiler Will Ruiney (Karl Urban) to catch one of the city’s notoriously vicious serial killers, who is playing a twisted version of murder inspired by the children’s game Hangman. Every 24 hours, a body is hung revealing the next letter carved into the victim’s body. As crime journalist Christi Davies (Brittany Snow) reports on the crime spree, the trio must race against the clock to prevent further murders. Archer and Ruiney become more entangled in the ruthless game than they could ever have imagined, but they must keep playing to save lives and attempt to catch the Hangman.

ReviewContains Spoilers

This film is not fast paced action movie. It has the feel of a relaxed, slightly slow-paced thriller that can be watched an evening where you just want to chill out and relax.

The need for the crime reporter becomes apparent. The two detectives know each other well and have no need to reminisce on their working lives or brutal events in their past, but obviously we need to know their background and hence the introduction of the crime report, who through conversations with the detectives, helps us understand who Ray Archer (Al Pacino’s) is and the history of Will Ruiney’s (Karl Urban) sadden past explained, it soon becomes apparent that Will’s wife, who was also brutally murdered, is actually part of the Hangman’s game.

The plot in itself is rather good and leaves you guessing until the end what the word is and what it means, but to get to this point it can take some time and possibly not as gripping as it could be. You may find this is one of those films where your eyes end up drifting to your phone whilst watching.

For me, Al Pacino is always best in slightly darker roles or have a bit of darkest in him, but this film he’s all good, he’s a decorated detective, which for some reason, didn’t quite work for me.

For a film that you can just sit and watch, discuss and try and work out whilst chilling at home then this is the film for you. It runs for 97 minutes and is available to from 4th June.

Rachael Jess

Crime, Mystery | 15 | 4th June 2018 (UK Digital Download) | TMP | Dir.Johnny Martin | Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Joe Anderson

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