Aug 2, 2021
Dean Koontz's Mr. Murder (1998) (part 3 of 11)
The caption on the screen tells us that it’s now “five years later”. Marty drops his kids off at home, informing them that’s he’s going for a drive. During this ride is where we’re privy to some of Marty Stillwater’s genius writing techniques. Well, just one technique, actually, which is to dictate important plot points into a tape recorder. “Maybe Brett should get to San Francisco before the murder!” Marty says, before suddenly getting a blank look on his face (Or, I should say, blanker).
We cut to his POV and find he’s having psychedelic visions of army jeeps and big llamas being led along streets. He suddenly turns around in his seat, hoping to find, I’m guessing, some llamas sitting in the middle of the road. Seeing nothing, he continues into his tape recorder. “If Brett gets there before Grace, how does Walter find out the combination to the locker at the airport?” One gets the feeling this movie might have been benefited had the screenwriter indulged in these kinds of techniques.
Then another vision appears. This one’s even more elaborate, as he sees llamas everywhere, then an army jeep coming right at him. This leads to Marty swerving in and out of traffic, inevitably handling his car like a stunt driver (skidding sideways on his tires, sliding backwards, etc.) and finally coming to a halt in a grassy patch. He picks up his cell phone and “humorously” calls for a taxi. Wouldn’t, I don’t know, calling for a tow truck be a much better idea? Or is he just going to leave his car on the side of the road?