Antonio Sabato Jr. in Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas (2009)

Drifted

Antonio Sabato Jr. stars as serial killer Henry Lee Lucas in this biopic showing his childhood as he lost an eye in an incident with a stick, listened to his mum having sex with various men before going on a killing spree. And once he was arrested he set about proving his claims to being behind numerous old unsolved murders whilst dealing with journalists.

What I know about Henry Lee Lucas has come from checking up facts from watching "Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas" and as such I am not in any position to say whether or not director Michael Feifer sticks to the facts or mucks about with them. He certainly messes around with the sequence of events, jumping all over the shop from talking to the police to having to wear a dress as a child thanks to his mum through to a grizzly murder in a cinema during the 80s as well as meeting Ottis Toole. It is not needed and at times it almost feels like they wrote down the scene ideas on a pack of cars and then shuffled them.

But the all over the place production is not the only thing which in truth pushed "Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas" to being uninteresting and there is the fact it is low budget and scene after scene highlights the limitations of cost were in place especially with the frequent use of the camera pulled in close to the face to hide the set limitations. But in truth I could go on and by the time "Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas" was over I didn't feel like I really knew Henry anymore than I started with the troubled childhood aspect ending coming across as just a cliche.

What this all boils down to is that "Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas" really did nothing for me and in truth found it hard work to get in to as it did little to really bring the character to life.