Lesser Evil

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  • TV-14
  • 2006
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 4.4  (137)

"Lesser Evil" is a 2006 crime thriller that stars Alison Eastwood, daughter of renowned actor and director Clint Eastwood. The film tells the story of Karen Rikehardt (Eastwood), a strongly determined and skilled detective in the Seattle Police Department, who is on the hunt for a serial killer. Nels Lennarson plays her partner, Detective Frank Williams, while Thea Gill portrays the role of the killer's latest victim, Sarah.

As Karen and Frank delve deep into their investigations, it becomes clear that they're chasing someone highly elusive and clever. The killer, who remains anonymous to both the police and Sarah's family, executes his victims with a high level of precision, leaving no room for the investigators to find any conclusive evidence that could lead to his arrest.

As Karen progresses with her investigations, she starts to struggle with her own morality, as the lines between right and wrong start to become blurry. She is constantly torn between what she thinks is the best course of action to catch the killer and the ethical implications of her actions. Her conscience starts to weigh heavily on her, and she finds herself questioning whether the "end justifies the means".

Karen is a tenacious detective who is willing to go beyond the boundaries of normal investigative procedures to catch the killer. She is frequently seen taking impulsive and risky actions, driven by her desperate desire to get to the bottom of the murders. However, her actions start to alienate her from her team and the higher-ups in the police department, who begin to see her as a loose cannon.

Meanwhile, Frank, Karen's partner, is a more conservative and level-headed person, who seems to be in direct conflict with Karen. He questions her methods and the consequences of her actions, challenging her at every turn. As the film progresses, their partnership becomes increasingly contentious, with Frank repeatedly warning Karen that she is playing a dangerous game.

The film also shows the killer's perspective, providing insight into his motivations and thought processes. We see him stalking his victims, carefully planning every aspect of his crimes, and executing them with a calculated precision that gives him the upper hand over the police. The film constantly keeps the viewer guessing as to his identity, with several false leads and red herrings thrown in to keep the tension high.

"Lesser Evil" is a gripping crime drama that examines the moral dilemmas that detectives face when trying to solve heinous crimes. The dynamic between Karen and Frank adds an extra layer of tension to the plot, as the two investigators clash over the best way to catch the killer. At its core, the film is about the lengths that people will go to protect their loved ones and the toll that these actions can take on a person's conscience.

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    1 hr 30 min
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    4.4  (137)