Nefarious is an indie psychological thriller written and directed by Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon. It had a few private screenings before getting a limited wide release.
Dr. James Martin (Jordan Belfi) is summoned to interview convicted serial killer Edward (Sean Patrick Flanery) on the day of his execution to determine if he is mentally sound. Dr. Martin encounters Warden Moss (Tom Ohmer) who warns him that Edward is incredibly manipulative, with some believing he caused the suicide of his previous therapist. Martin brushes this off and sits down with Edward who makes a stunning allegation. He is actually a demon called Nefarious and he is using Edward as a tool. Dr. Martin is skeptical but as the evening goes on longer, Nefarious reveals things that no one should know forcing James to ask some serious questions.
The film is inspired by the 2016 novel A Nefarious Plot by Steve Deace. I read it when it first came out and I found it very enthralling. This cinematic adaption definitely takes inspiration and hits all of the high notes.
Sean Patrick Flanery does a fantastic job. He is cunning, creepy, and intimidating as Nefarious. Likewise, he is small, sad, and troubled as Edward. His acting was top-notch and I can honestly say his performance sent shivers down my spine.
Likewise, Jordan Belfi performed his role with excellence. He shows arrogant skepticism followed by panicked realization as the plot moves forward. You watch his evolution as the film progresses with an understanding and connection to what is taking place.
Sure, the movie is not for everyone and it has a few flaws. For example, Dr. Martin contacted his girlfriend in a worried state only for that detail to never be followed up on. That being said, the movie is very well made. Nefarious is truly evil and is taking Dr. Martin down a road he may not be able to make it back from.
I was definitely pulled into the cat-and-mouse game of the convicted killer and the skeptical professional navigating the circumstances surrounding them. It does a good job of balancing the evil happening with calming moments of reflection before bringing it to its dramatic climax. Be prepared because it does not hold back the audience and brings everything to fruition.
Bottom line, Nefarious is a chilling exploration of where evil begins and how far it can go. You are not going to want to miss this one.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Brief strong violence, Disturbing imagery, Unsettling topics
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