Directed by: Chris Gerolmo
Starring: Jeffrey DeMunn, Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow
Language: English (English subtitles)
Genres: Serial Killers, Detective/Mystery, Rape/Sexual Violence against Women, Old-Young, Based on a True Story
Plot – Spoilers:
Citizen X is based on the serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, the Butcher of Rostov/Red Ripper who roamed Russia, Ukraine and surrounding regions killing over 50 women and children in a span of 12 years. The movie traces the investigative efforts over a decade that eventually led to his capture.
This made-for-TV film is one of those not so renowned serial killer movies but is actually a gem. The acting is quite good and the tension around the investigation is palpable to a viewer.
Every time Chikatilo is bullied, insulted or laughed at, he picks up his hunting bag and heads out. This is how he deals with unpleasant moments. Most of the world might have a smoke, a drink or head out to a club to cope, but Chikatilo kills. It’s incredible behavior when you think about it. And even when he kills, he sneaks up on them from behind, knocking them out and stabbing them before he indulges himself sexually which shows his timidity and that he feels control over them only when they’re close to death.
The scene at the station with the harried looking cop who has been on duty for 36 hours. There is something sincere about him – whether it be his dedication to work or his pain in the woods upon discovering his cousin’s 8 year old daughter’s body.