Based on a true event, American Murderer tells the tale of seductive con artist turned party animal Jason Derek Brown, who uses a series of schemes to fund his opulent lifestyle. He plans his most intricate scheme yet when his funds run out and his past catches up with him. As a result, he becomes the FBI’s most improbable and elusive top ten fugitive.
Users review about American Murderer (2022)
There is a con artist named Jason who owes money. He is quite the irritant; he constantly lies, then denies, denies, denies, and I’m not sure he’s ever done anything he regrets. Some people do believe what he says, so he takes advantage of them and makes them pay. However, he is on borrowed time and needs to earn more than a dollar before becoming a metaphorical fillet.
The story of a con man who continues digging himself deeper and deeper into a hole is not the most interesting. You’d like to believe that Jason Derek Brown would have a bit more of an amazing made-for-TV movie than this to depict his life if it weren’t based on actual events.
I never pay much attention to what others refer to as shill reviewers, but I’ll be damned if there isnt at least four just sitting here, just lauding the actor and director while not making much mention of the actual film, and just how mediocre it actually is.
Another reviewer mentioned “made for TV movie” and that is EXACTLY how it comes off…like Lifetime “thriller of the week”, and pay even less mind to the “awards and nominations” as these seem to be coming from the minor leagues when it comes to independent films being picked up.
This fits exactly no where genre wise, other than that aisle you visited last when Blockbuster was a thing. You know the one—where all the barely B films collected dust.
This is nothing more than 3rd rate actors, under the guise of first rate. The script almost feels the same; lightweight, for something that is supposedly based on true events, a little embellishment is the only thing that could save this story. Its just like watching a paint by numbers…both literally and figuratively.
The charismatic con-artist protagonist as he’s described just didn’t come off as such. With the whole film based around this premise, and him being so good at it he’s elevated to the ’10 Most Wanted’ list, how did I come through every scene and still feel nothing?
Downgrading from a 3 to 2 stars just musing over how important that is to this story. I am really sitting here post-viewing wondering where the story was also. It all came across rather unextraordinary when surely in real life, it can’t have been that shallow.
Throw in Ryan Phillippe for this cat and mouse.. oh hang on there was no cat and mouse either. But Ryan Phillippe did live up to his acting chops of being an amazing cardboard cutout generic spoonfeeder of plot.
Could’ve been twice the film it was if the film explained itself through the protagonist scenes(add a substance and make me care though). I’m sure the agent’s insights on the fugitive were invaluable to writing this story, that doesn’t require him to need a starring role in it.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Release Date: Oct 21, 2022 (USA)
Subtitle Language: English