Writer: Brandon Slagle (Screenplay)
Starring: Ryan Kiser, Devanny Pinn, Reid Warner, Chirss Anglin, Serena Lorien, Erin Marie Hogan, Julie Rose
Plot: An unflinching chronicle of Charles Manson’s life leading up to the orchestration of the Tate and LaBianca murders..
Tagline – The Dawn of Aquarius
Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Dull & Boring
Story: Manson starts as we see Charles Manson (Kiser) arrested for the conspiracy to commit murder, he now tells his life story where he was in and out of jail, but embraced the hippie lifestyle. As the years role by we see how Manson created his own following with mostly lost young women who got to a level of being willing to die for him and soon, kill for him.
We go on to see the crimes this Manson family went on to commit, starting with small petty crimes before the horrific murders they have become famous for.
Thoughts on Manson
Characters – Charles Manson is a man from history that many people would want to delete, his action were horrendous, and his followers deluded, that is my personal opinion, so I don’t understand why you would want to make a film to try and make us sympathise with his mindset. This version of the man doesn’t seem to have the true charisma I was expecting to see while the followers do seem to be very interchangeable.
Story – the story is most of what we know, it offers nothing new to the story in fact takes away the more complex chapters of the story. if you want to learn the real story it would be better just to watch a documentary version of this film because it gets into how the police had to deal with the outcome of the Mansion family actions.
Crime/Thriller – This is a real crime story, one of the worst crimes recorded too, but it just doesn’t keep you on edge because we know the outcome.
Settings – None of the locations make you feel like you are being drawn into the story and each place could just be random room or house.
Final Thoughts – This is a very weak real life crime thriller, it is dull throughout, nothing makes us know anything we didn’t know already and by the end we just want to stop the film.
Overall: Dull and Pointless look at the real crimes.