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Ted K

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Compelling deep dive into the mind of the Unabomber.

Movie R 2022 123 minutes
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This deep dive into the mind of a notorious terrorist is handled well, forgoing all the tired, traditional biopic notes and staying focused on the subject and capturing his emotions. Directed by Tony Stone, Ted K doesn't glorify Kaczynski, but nor does it tame him. It also doesn't try to be heavy or brutal, like a horror film. As it moves along, we begin to understand Kaczynski's choices, even if we disagree with them. For example, it makes sense that he would be irritated by all the buzzing snowmobiles (and mopeds in the summer), and it makes sense that he might be angry about it. The movie pieces together a kind of psychological profile of him as it proceeds.

Stone attempts a slightly soft, dreamy feel in the movie's fabric, as if Kaczynski weren't quite living in a hard, cold reality. Ted even imagines a girlfriend for himself, Becky (Amber Rose Mason), who only tells him how wonderful he is. (He has no idea how to communicate with real women.) Copley is a large reason the movie works. The actor has always had a quality of cheerful insanity (he was perfect for "Howling Mad" Murdock in The A-Team), and he plays Kaczynski not only with ease, but with a certain kind of muted glee. Ted K introduces us not to an evil man, but to a real person who was deeply troubled, went too far, and deservedly paid a price for his crimes.

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