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“The Postcard Killings” opens with a shrouded, ghastly tableau and maintains a temper of morose rigidity all through.

Director Danis Tanovic’s movie is, in its personal manner, a number of films in a single; a whodunit, a police procedural and a serial killer thriller with parental anguish thrown in for good measure.

While the completed product might undergo from this lack of a single via line, the items match collectively properly sufficient to maintain the viewer engaged.

It provides nothing away to say that Jacob Kanon, an NYPD detective (performed by the all the time welcome Jeffrey Dean Morgan), is in London to analyze the demise of his daughter. She and her new husband had been murdered in ugly, serial-killer trend on their honeymoon (see: shrouded, ghastly tableau).

What follows are the standard procedural beats, with Kanon discovering British regulation too slow-paced for his liking. He befriends an area Inspector (Joachim Król) who retains him within the investigative loop. Still, strong leads are exhausting to return by till a postcard lands on the desk of reporter Dessie Leonard (Cush Jumbo). The transplanted Chicagoan turns into Kanon’s de facto accomplice.

Call this Plot A.

Plot B follows younger American newlyweds Sylvia and Mac (Naomi Battrick and Ruairi O’Conner) as they backpack their manner via Europe. As extra our bodies (posed in clever trend) and postcards present up at numerous newspapers, every hinting on the subsequent ugly homicide, they, too, develop into a part of the investigation.

To reveal extra would spoil the (largely) satisfying twists and turns in play. Suffice to say, if serial killer mysteries are your factor, there’s lots right here to maintain you glad.

That features a trace at a doable sequel.

“The Postcard Killings” goes for an icy, “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” vibe (unsurprising because the supply novel was co-written by “Dragon” creator Steig Larsson’s nation mate, Liza Marklund) and largely succeeds, although a stronger rating would have helped.

The supporting forged consists of Denis O’Hare, considered one of our nice character actors, who provides a Standard Level O’Hare Creepy flip in his few scenes. Famke Jannsen, as Kanon’s spouse, does what she will be able to to help the investigation whereas stateside. The aforementioned Jumbo does a pleasant job in what may have been the throw away “woman” function.

But the standout right here is Morgan, who has been nibbling on the edges of stardom since showing as Katherine Heigl’s ghost lover on “Grey’s Anatomy” what appears like 20 years in the past. While this function is, rightfully, not as showy and charismatic as Negan on “The Walking Dead,” nor as bipolar-gonzo as his tackle The Comedian in “Watchmen,” it exhibits a variety and depth we’re not used to from him.

Given his pure allure and his onscreen historical past, it’s a bit of exhausting to not count on an outburst of Morganian snark or humor, however it by no means comes. Appropriate, given the fabric. But… disappointing? Distracting? I’m undecided.

Perhaps greatest to go away it as a testomony to the aura he’s developed over time.

“The Postcard Killings” relies on the James Patterson and Liza Marklund novel of the identical title.  The movie, like most of Patterson’s work, retains the chapters temporary and the motion shifting ahead relentlessly.

Also like a lot of Patterson’s work, one should droop a bit of disbelief and never look too carefully at a number of the plot turns lest the seams present.

Best to simply get pleasure from it for what it’s; a strong entry right into a style populated with only a few strong entries.

Terry O’Brien is a weekly columnist for Exit Zero journal. He has been knowledgeable actor since 1993 (neither wealthy nor well-known) and knowledgeable singer since 1995, performing a number of nights every week in and round Cape May, NJ.

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