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The Boston Strangler, with Keira Knightley: the one who covers a lot, doesn't squeeze


The thriller, based on a serial killer that existed in the '60s, is correct, but the fear is not felt.

Going after a serial killer is usually compelling.

Think of The Silence of the Lambs.

Well, don't remember it so much because otherwise

The Boston Strangler

, with

Keira Knightley

, may be a lesser movie.

The film, which premiered in Argentina directly via streaming, despite its cast and which is produced by Ridley Scott, starts in 1965, in Michigan.

There is a strangulation, in an apartment.

A neighbor hears screams on the other side of the wall.

The film is based on true events, when TV was tube and not everyone had color in the United States.

Fast forward a few years, and we meet Loretta McLaughlin (Keira Knightley, who turns 38 this Sunday, but looks older) in the Boston newsroom of the Record


newspaper , where male journalists cover crime, and women cover Wellness, or Life Style, everyday life.

Loretta McLaughlin (Keira Knightley, who turns 38 this Sunday, but looks older), is the journalist who investigates.

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Loretta is restless and perhaps a little because she is tired of being commissioned articles for Sunday about, for example, a new toaster, she begins to cut out news published in other media, and discovers certain information, which she begins to connect.

"I think I found something"

“I think I found something,” he tells his editor, played by Chris Cooper, who usually plays the bad guy, but that's not the case.

Three women were strangled in two weeks: that's what he found out.

"You are not going to cover homicides, you have no experience," says the boss, who will receive the usual "How am I going to have experience if you don't give me a chance?"

Jean Cole (Carrie Coon) and Loretta McLaughlin were the ones who did the work that the police didn't do.

Persevere and you will succeed, they say, or Loretta will have heard it, because there she goes, this mother of three children and married to an understanding -to a certain extent- husband, determined to investigate the case.

A case that, as we said, is based on real events, and since they don't have to know what really happened -it would be spoiling something that some will know-, we are not going to say much.

Chris Cooper ("American Beauty," Oscar for "The Orchid Thief") is Loretta's boss at the newspaper newsroom.

Simply that the murderer began by attacking old women who lived alone, and they would open the doors of their apartments for him.

Investigators never found a forced entry, nor had they taken anything.

The murderer yes, he had left the women strangled, with a bow made with nylon stockings.

Yes, as a present, a gift.

Once, the victim had her legs spread and tied.

Some other, "a broomstick between the legs."

Someone will say, a detective (Alessandro Nivola, not to be confused with Sam Rockwell, with whom he looks a lot) that the strangler -as Loretta nicknames him- "is as careful as he is insane."

The first three victims, Loretta writes in the diary, "did not know each other and were brothers in death."

Alessandro Nivola ("Mafia Saints") is the detective who feeds information to Loretta (and vice versa).

"There's nothing in

The Globe

or the


," her husband tells her and encourages her by reading over breakfast with their three children at home.

"You were the first."

“We cover the story, we don't believe it,” she tells Loretta Jean Cole (

Ghostbusters: Legacy

mom Carrie Coon ), an investigative reporter who disguises herself as a nurse if necessary to get information. The two of them will do the job. hard, yes, the one that, it seems, the Boston police did not do.

Carrie Coon ("Ghostbusters: Legacy" mom) is the tenacious Jane.



, about another serial killer,

David Fincher

built a gripping thriller.

In this

The Boston Strangler

there was enough material to do something similar -different narrative points, jumps in time, not one but several suspects-, but, and there are usually buts when things do not end well, fear is not felt here .

It doesn't smell.

Does not exist.

That, perhaps, perhaps, in one of those, is writer-director Matt Ruskin's ( Crown Heights


biggest fault .

The Boston Strangler

touches on more than just passing on the position of women journalists in the media.

The thing is, the movie is perhaps too pleasing to the viewer, and not just politically correct.

Knightley is correct in this Ridley Scott production, which is coming straight to streaming.

Knightley is fine, except when he gets that morbid look he got from his time on

Pirates of the Caribbean


Be careful if you decide to see

The Boston Strangler

, with the subtitle of the translation at the end, when what happened to the characters in real life is told.

Since I don't want to spoil, I won't tell you what he says, but it has to do with the 13 murders and a certain suspect is not charged for the thirteen, but for the thirteenth.

In English it's clear...

"The Boston Strangler"



United States, 2023.

Original title:

"Boston Strangler


112', SAM 16.


Matt Ruskin.


Keira Knightley, Carrie Coon, Chris Cooper, Alessandro Nivola, David Dastmalchian.

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