Netflix’s Twin Murders: the Silence of the White City opens up with the dead body of a twenty-year-old man and a woman at a crypt in the Old Cathedral. A serial killer has returned, and so has investigator Unai Lopez de Ayala. The serial killer has a pattern with all their deaths; each time they kill a man and woman, they are five years older than the last killings. It’s all very mythological and methodical at the same time, almost like a Dan Brown novel.
While I understand that it was intentional to show us the motive of the kill and give a better understanding of who this man is, it does remove a lot of the tension from the movie. Still, there’s just enough of a mystery to keep you guessing until the end, with an interesting twist behind his crimes kept for the third act of this tale. There are some nice narrative ideas brought forward here too, with one such example dabbling in ancient lore surrounding Adam and Eve. Despite these promising ideas, they’re frustratingly not elaborated or developed on further beyond their surface-level intrigue, accentuating the lack of substance for the characters. Given the amount of material here, I can’t help but think this adaptation would have a worked a lot better as a 4 or 6 episode limited series rather than a feature film, giving it time to flesh out its characters and different subplots effectively rather than brushing over them and leaving this feeling hollow and unsatisfying.
The acting from the cast isn’t particularly outstanding either although Javier Rey is probably the one stand out, giving a believable performance as a troubled cop. Unfortunately, there isn’t much chemistry between him and his boss Alba (played by Belen Rueda) who comes across as pretty bland.
You can watch it over the mid-week holiday coming up, but there isn't really that you would be missing if you skip it.