The Little Things

Published March 13, 2021

The Little Things

Film info

  • Title The Little Things
  • Director John Lee Hancock
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 2hrs 8m
  • Genres Crime, Thriller
  • Tagline Some things never let us go

Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe 'Deke' Deacon is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a serial killer who is terrorising the city. Leading the hunt, L.A. Sherriff Department Sergeant Jim Baxter, impressed with Deke's cop instincts, unofficially engages his help. But as they track the killer, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke's past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:11 It’s one downside to really straight roads. Too much opportunity for terror.
9:47 That’s a real nice office, corner, glass, see everything that’s going on.
12:29 “Nothing personal, Deke busts everyone’s balls.”
20:59 I wanna start saying times like that. Oh eight hundred.
26:35 Interview room scenes are some of the best.
34:49 I feel like I’d rather sleep in my car than the dingy room in a dodgy hotel.
37:57 A suspension, a divorce and a triple bypass. Oof.
44:25 Rami doesn’t blink a lot, it’s freaky.
53:11 It’s all very well being a busybody until you see something the cops want to know about.
55:52 “It’s the little things that are important, Jimmy. It’s the little things that’ll get you caught.”
58:48 Imagine being convicted of something because of the way you eat your pizza!
1:05:56 I like that the new guy actively wants the help of the old guy, that’s an unusual dynamic.
1:09:28 “I’m kind of a crime buff.”
1:17:47 Ah, the bit where they put a time constraint on it.
1:22:37 Wouldn’t it be less suspicious to put a light on than flash a torch on and off all the time?
1:28:52 “Nobody dies on my watch.” “How long is your watch?” “As long as it fucking takes.”
1:45:32 The tension!
2:00:34 No such thing as the good guys in this movie.


I didn’t know anything about this film going into it, other than three quite impressive leads, and I’m always keen to watch Denzel doing his thing. On reflection, it might not have been the best time to watch a “women getting killed and male cops bumbling around trying to save the day” given recent real world events. But then again, when’s a good time to watch a movie like that?

On the one hand, the three leads were good, and I could have watched Rami and Denzel bickering in a car for much longer than we did. But that’s probably where the the good times ended. The first half of the story was okay, setting up the situation, but there was a distinct lack of ending, and one that just left more frustrations than anything. We didn’t learn anything about the guy’s motivations, we didn’t find out if he actually did it, although he obviously did. The two cops who were supposed to be good were actually borderline, and did what they needed to do to feel better at the visible expense of the cases they were working on.

I don’t know, I guess I just wish it would have been better than it was.

Rating: 2 / 5

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