Hangman review - star talent is wasted on this tired and unoriginal 'thriller'
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Hangman tells the story of a serial killer who, as the title suggests, carves letters into his victims that provide clues to his next murders, in a twisted interpretation of the titular word game. Investigating the string of murders are detectives Will Ruiney and retired Ray Archer, played respectively by Karl Urban and Al Pacino. The latter was called out of retirement and onto the investigation after both of their badge numbers were found carved at the first crime scene. Predictably, Archer is a cop who could never let go of the job, and Ruiney is a man haunted by the unresolved murder of his wife. So far, so stereotypical. The pair are joined by New York Times reporter Christi Davies, played by a wasted Brittany Snow, who is determined to ease tensions between the police and public by telling the officers’ side of the story. Together the ‘unlikely’ trio must race against the clock to save the victims, and attempt to uncover the Hangman’s identity.
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