Former Los Angeles detective and current Kern County deputy sheriff Joe Deacon (Denzel Washington) returns to LA to pick up some evidence. While there, he notices similarities between one of his unsolved cases and a current case being investigated by Detective Jim Baxter (Rami Malick). Deacon teams up with Baxter to solve the case.
A good psychological thriller will find a hook that gets you into the story then won’t let you go and keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through. The Little Things manages to do just that. The film finds new ways to pull you in as it goes on, adding new wrinkles to the story, providing new revelations and tension. It manages to keep a good mystery and paces itself well for the most part. As the mystery deepens and more is revealed, we the audience have just as much information and as many details as the characters on screen have, making the story more engaging as we are trying to solve the case at the same time as Joe Deacon (Denzel Washington) and Detective Jim Baxter (Rami Malek). For the majority of the film, the lens is on the the three leading men of Washington, Malek, and Jared Leto. Together, they carry the film expertly and naturally play off each other. Leto in particular was fantastic and easily the stand out of the trio. As is typical in this type of story, the movie is a bit of a slow burn, and as such it feels like it can drag out at times. The cryptic ending doesn’t wrap things up as much as expected but at the same time, it leaves the resolution open to interpretation, which feels fitting for this film.
I thought The Little Things was GOOD 🙂 It’s easy to find similarities between this film and other crime psychological thrillers, but it does everything it’s supposed to do. An engaging story and a core cast that’s at the top of their game provide thrills right up until the very end.
Cast & Crew
John Lee Hancock – Director / Writer
Thomas Newman – Composer
Denzel Washington – Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon
Rami Malek – Jim Baxter
Jared Leto – Albert Sparma
Chris Bauer – Detective Sal Rizoli
Michael Hyatt – Flo Dunigan
Terry Kinney – LASD Captain Carl Farris
Natalie Morales – Detective Jamie Estrada
Isabel Arraiza – Ana Baxter
Joris Jarsky – Detective Sergeant Rogers
Glenn Morshower – Captain Henry Davis
Sofia Vassilieva – Tina Salvatore
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Good review…I watched this the other day…terrific acting and a real nice collection of great character Actors throughout…Denzel is always watchable…as you say, a good movie not a great one…certainly worth the watch
Thanks! You’re right, the actors are great and they do a fantastic job. Unfortunately, there is nothing else about the film to really push it to being great but it’s enjoyable nonetheless.
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Weirdly enough I give it more of a break because it came as part of a subscription so I don’t feel like I wasted $$$$ – got hooked on the “Search Party” TV show on HBOMax so I figured I’m far ahead. $$$ wise for value!
Nice! It’s always great when you find those sorts of perks.
Great review Drew! I liked this one too. The characters weren’t interesting enough for me but the mystery itself had me hooked. I know a lot of people found the ending a bit goofy but I loved it!
Thanks, Allie! For me, it was more the actors than the characters or the story. Washington, Malek, and Leto together was absolute magic.
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