TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2021 REVIEW! There has always been a bit of an obsession from the general public with true crime stories, especially the stories of serial killers. One of the most notorious serial killers of all time is none other than Ted Bundy. You may be saying, “Oh yeah, there’s a movie out there about Ted Bundy already!” Well, now there’s another one called No Man of God. I can’t make any comparisons to Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile since I didn’t see it, and not for any particularly good reason. In fact, I now want to watch that film to make the aforementioned comparisons, but I digress.
“…takes place over the span of several years…when Ted Bundy was on Death Row in Florida State Prison.”
One of my favorite actors of my generation, Elijah Wood, stars in No Man of God as celebrated FBI profiler Bill Hagmaier. I will readily admit that he was the reason I initially wanted to see this film. Then I found out that Luke Kirby, who I know best for his portrayal of Lenny Bruce on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, plays Ted Bundy. That sealed the deal for me. Not because I could immediately see Kirby portraying Bundy, which for the record, is how I felt when I heard Zack Efron would be playing him. It is rather because I totally couldn’t imagine Kirby in that role. So I had to see if he could pull it off, and I can tell you with certainty that he did.
No Man of God takes place over the span of several years in the mid to late eighties when Ted Bundy was on Death Row in Florida State Prison. At this point, he had made no confessions to the thirty murders he’s sure that he had committed, saying some of his victims he wasn’t sure if they died or not. That’s where Hagmaier comes into play. At the beginning of the film, Hagmaier’s boss is handing out assignments to profilers. Someone picks David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz. The list continues, and they get to Bundy. No one volunteers at first until Bill does. No one in the department thinks that Bill will be able to get anything out of Bundy, but they send him into the lion’s den anyway.
"…a mutual psychological curiosity for the inner workings of each other's minds."