The Little Things

For those wishing for a spiritual sequel to the underrated 1998 film Fallen, The Little Things is a wish granted. The film feels designed for fans of ’90s potboilers like Seven, which is less surprising once you know the script was written around the same period. (Hancock wrote the script in 1993.) Unfortunately, a script born of that decade doesn’t account for the ways that cop procedurals have and needed to change. Denzel Washington won an Academy Award playing a sleazy cop who dealt justice as he saw fit in Training Day, but that film came out in 2001. Twenty years later, a story where cops do whatever they want without consequences would be the point of the film. But director John Lee Hancock won’t pursue that discourse.

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