An Officer but No Gentleman
Colonel Russell Williams (Gary Cole - Conspiracy) of the Canadian Air Force has worked his way up the ranks to become a base commander with his wife being well respected when it come to her charity work. But whilst being made a base commander would usually mean he moves on to the base Russell chooses to stay in the small town where no one locks their doors and everyone gets on. But Russell has a secret; it started with sneaking in to other people's homes to steal lingerie and photos to add to his secret collection at home but his crimes escalated to much more serious. Meanwhile Detective Jennifer Dobson (Laura Harris - Snowmageddon), and Detective Nick Gallagher (Rossif Sutherland) of the FBI start investigating the crimes which lead them to suspect Williams of being involved. But how can they arrest such a prominent and respected member of society with out rock solid evidence when he is so good at covering up thanks to his military training.
15 minutes ago I wrote that synopsis for "An Officer and a Murderer" and since then I've been trying to work out what to write next and I am still not entirely sure what to write. You see "An Officer and a Murderer" is based on the true story of Colonel Russell Williams, his crimes and his arrest and right from the word go it doesn't shy away from showing us everything from Williams being highly respected to the point of being beyond reproach and then we see his fetish for breaking in and stealing underwear as well as wearing it. In fairness it takes its time to show how creepy Williams got but it doesn't try to create any mystery and instead makes it all about the performance of Gary Cole and then the cops trying to get their man.
Now the weaker of these things is the cops tracking down Colonel Williams because unfortunately Laura Harris comes across far too bright and bubbly through out and fails to convince that she is a good detective. This switches the focus from the solving of the crime to the way the characters of Dobson and Gallagher get on which sadly gives "An Officer and a Murderer" an ordinary, cliche side.
Thankfully there is the performance of Gary Cole and he in many ways saves "An Officer and a Murderer" because he makes Colonel Williams such an in control creep who goes about his business, tormenting women and getting his kicks in such an efficient manner he never comes across as an out of control, crazed psycho. Combine Cole's performance with the depraved things which Colonel Williams is shown doing in the movie and it is this side of "An Officer and a Murderer" where you get the sense of horror and the atmosphere.
What this all boils down to is that "An Officer and a Murderer" has its issues, elements which drag it down to what it is which is a made for TV movie. But it also features a strong performance from Gary Cole which makes the character of Colonel Williams not a psycho but a real sicko.