The Little Things (2021)

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The Little Things (2021)

Thriller | Crime
6.4 / 10
Release Date
28 January 2021
2 : 8 minutes
Spoken Language
Deputy Sheriff Joe "Deke" Deacon joins forces with Sgt. Jim Baxter to search for a serial killer who's terrorizing Los Angeles. As they track the culprit, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke's past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.

Cast Overview :

Joe "Deke" Deacon
by: Denzel Washington
Jim Baxter
by: Rami Malek
Albert Sparma
by: Jared Leto
Detective Sal Rizoli
by: Chris Bauer
Flo Dunigan
by: Michael Hyatt
LASD Captain Carl Farris
by: Terry Kinney
Detective Jamie Estrada
by: Natalie Morales
Ana Baxter
by: Isabel Arraiza
Detective Sergeant Rogers
by: Joris Jarsky
Captain Henry Davis
by: Glenn Morshower
Tina Salvatore
by: Sofia Vassilieva
Detective Dennis Williams
by: Jason James Richter
Officer Henderson
by: John Harlan Kim
Stan Peters
by: Fred Koehler
by: Judith Scott
Ronda Rathbun
by: Maya Kazan
Julie Brock
by: Tiffany Gonzáles
Mary Roberts
by: Anna McKitrick
Paige Callahan
by: Sheila Houlahan
Tamara Ewing
by: Ebony N Mayo
Guy Jogger
by: Matt Morrison
Amy Anders
by: Olivia Washington
Tow Truck Driver
by: Kiff VandenHeuvel
by: J. Downing
Ghoul Squad
by: Sean Spann
Jennifer Baxter
by: Sophia Castro
Chloe Baxter
by: Calliah Sophie Estrada
by: Thomas Crawford
LASD Tech #1
by: Eric Satterberg
LASD Tech #2
by: Ian Gary
by: Linara Washington
Bill Rathbun
by: Jeff Corbett
Phyllis Rathbun
by: Stephanie Erb
Teenage Girl
by: Samantha Cormier
Truck Driver
by: Smalls
by: Lee Garlington
St. Agnes Hotel Manager
by: Dimiter D. Marinov
ABC Appliance Owner
by: Julia Vera
AAA Appliance Owner
by: Jack Topalian
by: Charlie Saxton
Grunge Kid
by: Justin Barnhill
Lab Coat Tech
by: Emil Beheshti
by: Bradley James
by: Ben Kliewer
by: Hank Northrop
by: Bob Golub
Delinquent Kid
by: Ben Sanders
Greg Alberts
by: Adam J. Harrington
Pike's Bartender
by: Neil Garcia

Member Reviews :

Academy Award Winners Denzel Washington, Jared Leto, and Remi Malik star in the new thriller “The Little Things” and combine to make very gripping and memorable performances. The script was reportedly written over thirty years ago by John Lee Hancock who has gone on to write, direct, and produce multiple films of note in the decades since he first created the screenplay. The film is set in 1990 and involves a cop named Joe Deacon (Denzel Washington), who travels from his small California town to Los Angeles to get information on a suspect. Joe has a history in L.A as he used to be a homicide detective for the department which combined with his meltdown while obsessing over a murder case has caused him more than a bit of notoriety. Jim Baxter (Remi Malik) is the hotshot new Detective who has been leading the investigation into a string of unsolved murders. Joe accompanies Jim to a new crime scene and notes some similarities with his unsolved case. Joe takes some personal days and begins to do some legwork on the case and reports his findings to Jim which causes Joe to remember aspects of what drove him to his marital, health, and career issues as he is unable and unwilling to let the case drop. When a prime suspect no longer fits into the picture; suspicions fall on a crime enthusiast named Albert (Jared Leto) who seems to check all the boxes but is also taking delight in winding up Joe which causes Jim to question if he is a viable suspect or just an oddball who gets off on crimes and winding up the cops but does not actually commit any offenses. As the delicate dance unfolds between the characters the fact that this is an era before Cell Phones, DNA tests, GPS, and elaborate computer networks helps underscore the plight of the officers. If the film was set in a modern setting much of the suspense and uncertainty of the story and characters would be moot thanks to technology. As the game of cat and mouse unfolds between the characters Jim learns how a person can become obsessed with a case and Joe attempts to mentor him from the success and failures of his life which includes some gray areas. Aside from the strong performances and engaging story what makes “The Little Things” work is that it is a film that does not take the Hollywood fallbacks of extended gunfights, car chases, and over the top action scenes. What it does show is real and flawed characters that are doing what they think are right and does not attempt to wrap things up nice and tidy. The film uses the element of doubt to not only drive the story but the actions of the characters which underscores that an element of uncertainty exists in some investigations and in with the resources available to police at the time; things are not always certain. The film will appear in cinemas and HBO Max and is a compelling and well-crafted thriller that is not to be missed. 4.5 stars out of 5
Okay movie made watchable thanks to Washington, Malek and to some extent Leto. Is a bit slow so does take a bit of patience to get to the end, but it's worth checking out. In addition, this is a movie that deserves the straight-to-streaming treatment and not pay to see in theaters. **3.0/5**
'The Little Things' is a diversion - not the worst way to kill two hours, and definitely a movie with some people in it. It's a shame there isn't more to recommend about it. - Jake Watt Read Jake's full article...