The recent release of the film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile seems to have captured all the attention it aimed for. Perhaps even more and mostly because of the outstanding performance, Zac Efron gave alongside, Lily Collins. The film is based on the chronicle of the crimes committed by Ted Bundy and it is based from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, who maintained a stance of his innocence for years. Not only is the film alluring in its nature but the performance by Zac Efron in this Ted Bundy film is simultaneously horrific as well.

To be honest the film could not have received such acclimation if it were not for Zac Efron’s performance. Variety’s Owen Gleiberman appreciating the Zac’s performance said,

he’s startlingly good: controlled, magnetic, audacious, committed, and eerily right.

While Olly Richards of Empire adds that it was a gamble based acting which could have gone either way and Efron has won the wager and has proved that he is more talented than people expect him to be.

Efron gambles with his image, but he knows when to up the star power. It’s perhaps fitting that the film falls flat when he, playing a killer who loved the spotlight, leaves the screen.

Be that as it may, it is not all gold for this film as some of the critics find it a waste of time. Emily Yoshida from Vulture adds that Berlinger has made sure that his film gets stuck into the gravity of sensational events that already are publicly known.

Berlinger’s film gets sucked into the gravity of sensational events that are already a matter of public record and spends so much time meticulously recreating them that the perspective is diluted. 

Well to that i would say it is a relative perception, such films that are based on real-life crime cases, are not to let the audience in on the cases again but rather provide a sensational depiction of the events that wager between the entertainment and the recreation of the events in such a manner that the perspective is maintained. Such an attempt is a difficult one and Berlinger has done an amazing if not outclass job.

Although this film is based on real facts, it somehow reminds us to also question the integrity of the law system in various ways. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile reminded me of another more brilliant film The Life of David Gale (2003). Although it was different in its essence, both films have kept its audience indulged in the sensational depiction of certain events while maintaining the perspective.

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