Yet another movie to focus on the exploits of the notorious Ted Bundy, No Man Of God adopts a different tack by zeroing in on the serial killer’s final years on Death Row.

Using the real-life conversations between Bundy (Luke Kirby) and FBI profiler Bill Hagmaier (Elijah Wood) as inspiration, director Amber Sealey casts aside the lurid details and sensationalism, in favour of a straight-faced drama as the pair verbally spar in prison interview rooms.

Sent to interview Bundy as part of a new FBI profiling programme, Hagmaier is keen to get to the root of just why Ted went on his murderous rampage, only to find the killer will prove a tough nut to crack.

With recent TV fare such as Mindhunter, as well as a glut of Bundy films over the years looming large, No Man Of God is hampered right from the off by a nagging feeling that we’ve seen it all before.

True, there is nothing wrong with Sealey’s offering as such – for starters, the performances are excellent. Kirby pretty much nails Bundy in both looks and mannerisms, while Wood’s turn as the conflicted FBI agent makes this an effective two-hander for the bulk of the running time.

But there really is very little to show here – there is no real insight (aside from one riveting monologue from Kirby/Bundy near the climax) and precious little to drive the story along, forcing Sealey to insert clip montages, home video edits and a handful of scenes featuring Robert Patrick as an FBI boss to pepper the running time.

No Man Of God is also very, very talky – perhaps unsurprisingly considering its basis is the real-life interview tapes – but it comes across as something that would arguably work better as a stage production rather than a film.

A piece of work that almost asks to be admired rather than enjoyed, No Man Of God is unlikely to appeal to many, despite its obvious merits.

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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle