The Murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, are one of the most talked-about killings of the 90s, and despite the widely-viewed media trial, the conclusion remains controversial. The lead suspect is still free, proclaiming that he did not do it. In 2019, a film supposed if the accused, one O.J. Simpson, didn’t murder Nicole Brown Simpson, who did? Dramatising a sensational alternate theory in The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson.
Nicole Brown is trying to get on with her life with her new boyfriend, she is however fearful of her ex, football player O.J. Simpson. When checking in on neighbours, she meets Glenn, an apparent labourer, Nicole invites him into her home. However, Glenn displays some troubling characteristics and traits. As the film continues, the audience is presented with a proposed account of the final moments of Simpson and Goldman’s life. As viewers watch on in horror as the Casanova Killer has found himself a new target.
The time of this film’s release is no surprise, following off the breakthrough popularity of recent media almost 20 years on after the fact, as with the then-recent media attention on the Tate-LaBianca murders. Once again, the leading star, Mena Suvari, does wonders in their portrayal of the fallen star. Viewers of the film will get some insights into her relationship with Simpson, and her relationship with Jenner are also elements that are explored here, as is Beverly Hill’s own Faye Resnick. Yet, Brown Simpson’s interactions with the Hollywood A-list are also counteracted by the supposed run-in with Glen Edward Rogers. Nick Stahl here is an interesting choice as the apparent handyman who has a dark past, spanning the four corners of the country, adding another interesting fold to this peculiar account.
The elephant in the room is the alternative theorem for the timeline of events leading up to the eponymous deaths. Putting the suspicion away from O.J. Simpson, and on to arguably the next likely suspect that could have committed the crime. The notorious Cross Country Killer was a suspect, but has never been charged. Whereas The Haunting of Sharon Tate was both written and directed by Daniel Farrands, Here Farrands only provides the directing sensibilities and doesn’t indulge in any compelling metaphysical discussion, like The Haunting of Sharon Tate attempted. Yet, the sinister cloud remains, especially if you are familiar with the details of the case.
The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson will certainly push your comfort zone to the limit, as Daniel Farrands once again goes bold with its sensational adaptation of a real-life tragedy that befell Los Angeles. As it goes all in to provide us with another account of a shocking and tragic tale of a known star taken out of the prime of their life. With key performances, the looming dread is certainly palpable. Putting suspicion on the shoulders of an infamous killer does amp up the pulp factor of an already electrifying case. Proposing alternate accounts will always be controversial, however, The murder of Nicole Brown Simpson will have you see the facts in a whole new manner.
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