Movie review and summary of the movie Ted K (2022)


And yet, while Copley is on screen for almost the entirety of “Ted K,” which follows Kaczynski in the years leading up to his arrest, the man himself remains inherently unknowable – fearsome and fascinating but just out of the picture. scope. His performance is tightly wound and increasingly nervous as Ted struggles to keep his composure and dares to perform increasingly violent acts against those he sees as his attackers. “I have a plan for revenge,” he says in the nasal narration of his journals. “I want to kill some people, preferably a scientist, a communist, a businessman or some other big shot.” What he thinks is clear; who he is, less.

It’s probably by design. Despite the shocking acts on display in “Ted K,” we feel a little out of focus as we walk through the woods with Kaczynski, watching him run shirtless and shoot helicopters. Stone favors the most subtle thrusts in his subject matter, or uses slow motion to contrast the importance of a moment of truth, such as when Kaczynski mails one of his deadly explosive packages along with the “rooster” of Alice in Chains screaming in the Background. The sound of cutting, sawing and shearing from the nearby logging industry creates a pesky beat. And the buzzing synth score of British composer Benjamin John Power, known as Blanck Mass, greatly adds to the overall hypnotic vibe of the film. Just as the din surrounding Kaczynski turns into a panicked cacophony, the music and sound design also heighten our sense of anxiety.

But some of the film’s most tense moments are actually the most mundane, such as when Kaczynski confronts a telephone company employee about losing coins in the payphone. A plane crosses the blue sky above his head, shattering the reverie of his peace and quiet, and you can feel the anger rising within him. And a seemingly innocuous trip to the local library reveals he’s looking for the names and addresses of tech executives to target them.

Increasingly, however, Stone relies on fantasy sequences to signify Kaczynski’s break from reality and reason, which seems unnecessary. We see a pretty, pleasant woman named Becky (Amber Rose Mason) who magically appears and is interested in all the things he likes to do, like biking and fishing. We already know he feels lonely – he complains about how little experience he has had with women in his restless, one-sided phone calls with his mother and brother – but the arrival of this sunny, imaginary figure in Kaczynski’s brooding cocoon becomes a distraction.


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