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MindHunter: A Revolution in Psychological Crime Thriller Genre

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About Mindhunter

Netflix put the critically acclaimed masterpiece Mindhunter on Indefinite hold. Due to low viewership, expensive production costs, and complicated schedules. Let’s revisit the greatness of this show and the cult viewership it had.

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Behind Mindhunter

Mindhunter was based on the book β€œMindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit”. It is John E. Douglas. The creators are Joe Penhall (known for Blue/Orange) and David Fincher (Known for Se7en, Fight Club, Gone Girl, Zodiac). Mindhunter is among the shows that aren’t as popular. Netflix shows such as Stranger things have an elite viewership.

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The Mindhunters

The Show is based on the following two FBI Agents interviewing serial killers. It is based on real incidents. They try to understand the psychological aspects of their Crimes. Psychological Profiling as a method of investigation is a successful method used by FBI agents since the early 2000s.

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The Beauty Of Mindhunter

Even though the show was a crime thriller, there was minimal violence on screen. The show mostly involved Drama and Information. Moreover, it was coupled with very precise cinematography to move the story forward. Β The Story moved forward with Dramatizing Information through long shots.

Along with this, It was through portraying the conflict between the protagonists through long shots and changing perspectives. Secondly, Inner conflicts were shown by giving enough space to the characters.

By showcasing how the professional duties affected their personal lives. The character development for the main protagonists as well as the Serial Killers being interviewed was brilliant.

The Cast

The casting was more than perfect, so was the performance. The cast closely resembled the real-life people associated with the cases as evident:

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The show had minimal music, to emphasize the critical moments of the show. The camera movements similarly were steady and the Color Grading was Neo-Noir inspired.

For instance, there were only 2 Handheld shots, which refer to the panic and suffocation. Which was caused by the work of the FBI Agents to make us feel what the protagonist felt at that very moment.

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The Director’s Remark

By engaging audiences to chase for clues along with setting up callbacks for new seasons. was a very inventive and Non-Professional approach to a crime show. When asked about Season 3 by Variety, David Fincher had the following remark :

β€œAt some point, I’d love to revisit it. The hope was to get all the way up to the late ’90s, early 2000s. Hopefully, get all the way up to people knocking on the door at Dennis Rader’s house.”

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The Two Seasons of Mindhunter are currently streaming on Netflix. Mank, the latest film by David Fincher arrives on December 4, 2020.

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