Lifetime TV An Officer and a Murderer Review
Lifetime TVs An Officer and a Murderer is a compelling and alarming true crime story. It highlights the fact that true evil does exist, and horrific crimes can be committed by people at the highest level in society.
Lifetime TVs “An Officer and a Murderer” follows the true story of Colonel Russell Williams, the decorated military pilot turned serial killer. During the height of his career, Williams piloted flights with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and the Prime Minister of Canada aboard.
Gary Cole, best known for his roles in “Office Space” and “Talladega Nights” plays the cold and conniving Colonel Russell Williams. Gary Cole does an amazing job of being extremely cold and emotionless throughout the film.
The Lifetime TV movie, An Officer and a Murderer, begins with examples of the seemingly charitable ways of Russell Williams. Williams is looked up to by others as the base commander of Canada’s largest air force base.
Shortly into the film the story of Williams’ sociopathic ways starts to surface. The police begin to talk about a man in the town of Tweed, Canada who is going around stealing women’s underwear. The police report that the burglar leaves little to no evidence when conducting the burglaries.
In the first of many disturbing scenes in the movie we see Colonel Russell Williams enter the home of a mother with a young baby. Williams ties the young mother up while the baby is in the same room, and forces her to take pictures with him. Williams makes the young woman count to 200 before she is allowed to take off her blindfold.
The crimes turn more vicious midway through the film when the first murder takes place. Nobody has a clue that Colonel Russell Williams could be behind the crimes as he is a model citizen and highly ranked military man.
Another murder occurs, and this time it is that of Jessica Lloyd, played by Lisa Ciara. A set of tire tracks is the only evidence available, and Officer Jodie Lavin, played by Emma Campbell (“The Aviator”) beats herself up over not getting the license plate of a car that she had seen at Jessica’s home.
Meanwhile a traffic stop shows that the tire treads on Officer William’s car match those from the crime scene. The officers at the traffic stop refuse to believe that it could be Officer Williams, being that he is the top baseman, and let him go.
In another very sick and disturbing scene we see Officer Gary Williams (played by Gary Cole) put on some women’s polka dot underwear and camisole. He plays back the sick and twisted videos that he made of his victims and seems to get off watching them. He also takes a photo of himself dressed in the women’s undergarments.
The investigative team soon comes to the conclusion that Williams is most likely responsible for the string of crimes and murders. They call Colonel Russell Williams in for questioning.
Having watched the entire real interrogation videos from the Colonel Russell Williams’ case, Gary Cole does an incredible job reenacting the full interrogation and final confession.
Lifetime TVs “An Officer and a Murderer” is a compelling and alarming true crime story. It highlights the fact that true evil does exist, and horrific crimes can be committed by people at the highest level in society.
“An Officer and a Murderer” is highly recommended for those who enjoy true crime books and films, although it is not for those who scare easily. This film will truly make you want to double check your security system and lock your doors before going to bed.
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