Chapter 27

As with asteroids, volcanoes and Truman Capote, the world now has two movies about Beatle-banger Mark David Chapman. The slightly superior twin, The Killing of John Lennon, barely redeems its lurid voyeurism with a certain stylistic integrity and a smoldering lead performance. Jarrett Schaefer’s excrement is the runt, with a bilious Leto eschewing subtle immersion for bombastic Travis Bickle caricature. Chapman’s villainy isn’t tragic or misunderstood; it’s simple insanity. To dwell on it is to wallow in pain. Elevate yourself, and stay away.

Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Saturday December 15 2007
Duration: 84 mins

Cast and crew

Director: J.P. Schaefer
Screenwriter: J.P. Schaefer
Cast: Jared Leto
Lindsay Lohan
Mark Lindsay Chapman
Judah Friedlander
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