Killer Among Us

Filmmakers like to pair together opposites. It has been done time and time again without viewers becoming bored of it. Different types are tried – neat and messy, rich and poor, male and female, and gay and straight. Here in Charles Scharfman’s film we get rookie female cop and experienced male detective. They come together to try to find a high school student who has been kidnapped by a psychopathic killer.

It is the 4th of July and a kidnapper/killer is on the loose. Alisha (Yasha Jackson – appeared in episodes of The Flight Attendant and Blue Bloods) is a rookie cop who is supposed to go home to spend the holiday with her boyfriend, but she gets caught up in the kidnapping of a 16-year-old high school student (Imani Lewis – Eighth Grade, Farewell Amor) who has gone missing. She is a sex worker and has been kidnapped by a radicalized serial killer (Andrew Richardson – appeared in episodes of Instinct and The Last O.G.). Alisha teams up with veteran detective Sergeant Corbucci (Bruce MacVittie – appeared in episodes of Chicago Med and Person of Interest) to try to find the teenager before she becomes the killer’s next victim.

Thriller. Drama. Not sure what this is meant to be really. All over the place. Might be due to the obvious small budget or just a lack of experience by the director. Whatever the case there are a couple of interesting moments here involving timely statements about big issues today like race and gender, but they are lost in the mess of it all.

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