Review: “The Little Things”

WARNING: Article Contains Spoilers

“The Little Things” is described as a neo-noir crime thriller, though there is nothing thrilling about this movie at all. The film is written and directed by John Lee Hancock and stars three academy award actors including Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto. The movie was released on Jan. 29 in select theaters, but had most of its audience watching through the streaming platform HBO Max.

Set in the 90s, the film follows Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon, a former Los Angeles Sheriff’s detective, who is sent on a quick trip to Los Angeles to gather evidence for the Kern County Police Department. The visit soon turns into an elongated visit when Deke is entangled in a murder investigation that reminds him of his past as a detective. Deke soon makes an uncommon alliance with Detective Jim Baxter in order to solve the murder mystery that plagues the city of Los Angeles.

“The Little Things” received relatively poor reviews throughout various movie review sights across the web. Rotten Tomatoes had a critics score of 48 percent with 212 critic reviewers and an audience score of 65 percent with currently over 250 reviewers.

The critics consensus on Rotten Tomatoes states “An exceptionally well-cast throwback thriller, The Little Things will feel deeply familiar to genre fans – for better and for worse.”

Another source, IMDb, rated the film a 6.3/10 stars with the audience primarily rating the movie 6 stars. The IMDb estimated budget is $4.7 million dollars and a worldwide box office of $17.2 million dollars

To say that the movie is not thrilling at all is certainly an overstatement, but the dull moments of the movie greatly out way the few thrilling moments the film has to offer. The thrilling moments of the movie that had the audience on the edge of their seats, eventually leads to dull plot points which ultimately lead no where and leaves the audience bored and unsatisfied.

One of the most interesting characters or better yet what should have been the most interesting character was the prime suspect of the murders, played by Leto. This character was first introduced with mystique and intrigue then quickly turns into annoyance the more screen time he gets in the movie.

The most jarring climatic scene of the film quickly turns dry as what seemed to be a revelation that Leto is truly the killer is not a revelation at all and leaves no information about anything for which the audience was searching. The ending of the movie leaves the audience full of questions that should have been answered.