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Danis Tanovic
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Famke Janssen, Cush Jumbo
Andrew Stern, Ellen Brown Furman

A New York detective investigates the death of his daughter who was murdered while on her honeymoon in London.
Rated NR

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 104 min.
Price: $29.97
Release Date: 5/19/2020

• “The Making of The Postcard Killings” Featurette
• Photo Gallery
• Previews


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The Postcard Killings [Blu-Ray] (2020)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (June 10, 2020)

In 2010, James Patterson and Liza Marklund published a popular novel called The Postcard Killers. In 2020, a film version dubbed The Postcard Killings materialized.

Why the change in titles? I guess the movie’s producers thought the original might imply a story in which perpetrators destroy mail.

While on their honeymoon in London, someone brutally murders some American newlyweds. The bride‘s father Jacob Kanon (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) works as a New York cop, and his grief sends him to the UK to involve himself in the investigation.

Concurrently, additional vicious killings occur across Europe, with one common denominator: the murderer sends picture postcards to seemingly random journalists. After Swedish writer Dessie Lombard (Cush Jumbo) becomes the recipient of one of these notes, she and Jacob partner to work against time to halt this reign of terror.

Given the plethora of serial killer movies across the decades, it might be too much to ask for a new entry to find much that one could call original or creative. At this point, a tight, effective tale would seem good enough.

Killings never seems good enough.

Although I can accept some derivative elements, Killings goes too far, as it feels cobbled together from every genre cliché one can muster. We find ample chunks of thrillers like Se7en, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and others, all wrapped up in one incoherent package.

At its core, we get a straightforward story here, but Postcard tells the story in such a muddled manner that little of it makes any sense. The movie comes across as a nearly random collection of plot points tossed together with no care for logic or cohesion.

In addition, we find flat, poorly drawn characters. Jacob exists as little more than a stereotypical supercop, albeit one who seems like a moron most of the time.

For a supposedly good detective, Jacob appears unable to see his hand in front of his face. In particular, he figures out the “big reveal” well after the viewer, a fact that makes him seem stupid and clueless.

As a thriller, Postcard musters virtually no tension or drama. As noted, the characters lack depth or anything to make them compelling, and the whole enterprise comes with an odd absence of urgency.

Though Postcard tries to make us believe otherwise, and it does so in absurd ways. For instance, in one scene, we find Jacob desperate to get a flight from London to Madrid.

When told no more are available, Jacob berates the airline agent, as though she could magically pull a plane out of her butt. I guess this scene intends to convey Jacob’s pain and desperation, but instead it makes him look like a buffoon.

Morgan doesn’t help via his hammy performance. Where he intends to seem distraught, he instead comes across as phony and incompetent.

That said, the greatest acting in the world wouldn’t save this disjointed mess. Silly, incomprehensible and devoid of tension, Postcard Killings flops.

The Disc Grades: Picture B-/ Audio B-/ Bonus D

The Postcard Killings appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Expect generally positive visuals here.

For the most part, sharpness appeared good. While the image occasionally felt a bit on the soft side during interiors or wider shots, the majority of the movie came across with acceptable to good delineation.

Jagged edges and moiré effects failed to appear. I also noticed no edge haloes or print flaws.

In terms of palette, Postcard favored teal much of the time, with some amber as well. These hues lacked much pep but they seemed more than adequate.

Blacks appeared full and dense, while low-light shots gave us good clarity. This didn’t become a great image, but it worked fine most of the time,

Though not packed with action, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack accentuated the story. Most of the livelier moments related to trains or clubs, but even those didn’t manage to use the spectrum in an especially vivid manner. The film emphasized quiet ambience and not much more.

Within those gentle confines, sound quality satisfied. Music was full and rich, while effects demonstrated nice clarity and accuracy.

Speech came across as crisp and natural. The mix didn’t do much but it seemed acceptable.

Only minor extras appear here, and The Making of The Postcard Killings runs seven minutes, one second. It brings notes from producer Miriam Segal, director of photography Salvatore Totino, director Danis Tanovic, and actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Naomi Battrick, Cush Jumbo, Ruairi O'Connor and Famke Janssen.

“Making” discusses story and characters, cast and performances, the director’s impact, and photography. A few minor details emerge, but most of this delivers promotional fluff.

A Photo Gallery presents 15 photos from the film. These seem dull and don’t show us anything from behind the scenes.

The disc opens with ads for The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot. IT and Once Upon a Time in Venice. No trailer for Postcard appears here.

As a thriller, The Postcard Killings fails in virtually all possible ways. Burdened by a bad script, weak performances and limp direction, nothing about this tale succeeds. The Blu-ray comes with generally good picture and audio as well as minor supplements. Even the most ardent fan of serial killer movies should skip this dud.

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