Green River Killer (2005)
Movies based on true crime stories are usually at least interesting,
and for lack of a better word, entertaining. But not this one, even if
it was in my backyard. Take a few scenes of soft porn of Ridgeway with
prostitutes, alternate them with flash scenes of an unrelated gory
autopsy, (apparently these were dream sequences, but I couldn't tell)
and intersperse with actual video tapes of Ridgeway talking about the
murders, and you have the entire movie. There weren't even any scenes
of King County that I recognized, the whole thing could have been shot
in LA for all I could tell.
They didn't even have the facts straight. Ridgeway was working as a
truck painter at the Kenworth plant, but the movie had him working in a
warehouse. The Green River Task Force was part of the King County
Sheriff's Office, but the cops in the movie identified themselves as
"SPD", meaning "Seattle Police Dept." Lead detective Dave Reichert, who
later became King County Sheriff and now a member of Congress, makes no
appearance anywhere in the movie. The movie also depicted his victims
as pretty white women that belong to a madam who's "business" is based
out of a low-life bar where he picked them up. That was not his m.o. at
all. Some of his victims were black, many of them minors, and he picked
them up off the street, mostly along the Seatac strip. Also, Ridgeway
was a very plain looking, geeky type of guy, but the movie made him
look like a mean biker-type dude.
It's plain the film makers made no attempt at researching the case.
They only knew that it involved the Green River which is somewhere
around the Seattle area. What a pathetic piece of garbage, don't waste
your time and money on it.
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