Movie Plot – The Little Things: Kern County Deputy Joe 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 psycho-serial killer terrorizing the city.

Director: John Lee Hancock
Writer: John Lee Hancock
Cast: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto

Similar movie feel

When you start watching “The Little Things,” you get the feeling that it’s one of those movies you’ve already seen. An old deputy teams up with the promising new guy. It’s like old school meets new school type of relationship. On the other hand, I did not mind that. If the movie can bring something new to the table, it becomes refreshing.

However, I can’t help it, but there were times it reminded me of “Se7en.” The crimes that took place were sadistic and chaotic, and both of the main characters want to crack the case so badly. It even has an influence on their personal lives. When they’re going home, they still take the case with them in their head.

Washington, Malek & Leto

The Little Thing’s biggest attraction is the cast. It will lure people in with their three oscar-winning actors. Are they at their best? No, but they’re still pretty good and are also my favorite part of the movie, especially Denzel Washington. One of my favorite scenes involves the three of them. However, that’s also the highlight of the film.

Denzel & Rami’s character bonded really quickly. I would have rather seen that fleshed out. Instead, I felt I was missing something in the relationship they’ve made. Now, it wasn’t terrible, but everything between them seems to go too fast. Also, it was hard to connect with Rami’s character as sometimes I think it’s the movie intend that you do.

Leto, of course, has the role that stands out the most, certainly because of the makeup, but mostly because of the elusiveness of his character. He’s definitely an actor who gets typecast a lot. I did like his performance, however, I don’t think it’s worth a Golden Globe nominee. His interactions are pretty creepy, and I would distance myself every time I see him.

Slowly lost interest

At first, I was interested and felt like this would be a film where I did not understand the negative critique around it. Even if it had a similar movie feel, I was hooked, and I was interested in Denzel’s character backstory. Like who wouldn’t be excited with a cast like that?

However, the more the movie progresses, the less interested I am. We can all agree that’s an issue. However, I was still wondering how they were going to catch the killer. On the other hand, I only cared about Joe Deacon and still find his partnership with the new cop odd.

The third act is the part where it loses its audience. While trying to be different, it actually is a missed swing to be shocking and mind-blowing. I believe that John Lee Hancock intended to blow you away, but in the end, it felt disappointing. Something was lacking in the build-up to give that extra edge at the end.


The Little Things feels like a failed attempt to become the new Se7en movie. The first part got me excited; however the further it went on, the more I got bored.