Mindhunter (Netflix series) review

Based on the book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker; set during the 1970s, Mindhunter, describes the backward process that was criminal investigation aimed simply at placing those who commit murders behind bars after evidence proves substantial to do so. Mindhunter is the basis of what shows like Criminal Minds use to profile a suspect looking into criminal pathological behavior as a source of answers.

Back then the term ‘serial killers’ was not even a concept they could grasp; as a form of study was not present in looking into why criminals chose to do what they went on to do. According to the show, a good chunk of those that committed serial killings are never caught until such time they start asking for attention or want to get caught.

Enter Holden Ford, Behavioral Science, Federal Bureau of Investigation, looking to break the status quo by introducing a concept of looking towards past behaviour that will eventually lead to “sequence killings” as the idea starts to form. Paired with Bill Tench a reluctant colleague that gets slowly convinced that what they are doing will eventually lead to something better in the future.

Mindhunter does a lot to immerse the audience and keeping them there without the need to dumb it down for the audience. The killers can easily sway your attention into letting you in (if the character allows) to a glimpse of any sort of logic into the pathology of a serial killer if any which offers little for escape. It’s morbid, straight to the point, and terrorizing to grasp.

The journey will take you through the minds of the criminals being interviewed. It goes further to tackle what effects the studies have on those same people who have ventured into looking deeper into the conscious.
The set is an engaging workplace that goes straight to business without fancy camerawork, or elaborate means of sending a message.

Ultimately, Mindhunter is a series about the lengths and bounds, together with a little bit of science, and how information from those exiled into prison are used to let the audience delve deeper into the thoughts and concepts of criminal pathology. Netflix has done well to create a dark enough drama and pit it in the limelight without the need for too much gore. The show is interesting based on those merits alone but it will scratch your head on the way you, yourself, are being drawn into the world and mind of the dark, haunted, and seemingly illogical process of the criminals that are laid out before you.


Drew Uy

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