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Lost Girls (2020)

Drama | Thriller 
Rayting:   6.1/10
Country: USA
Language: English

When Mari Gilbert's daughter disappears, police inaction drives her own investigation into the gated Long Island community where Shannan was last seen. Her search brings attention to over a dozen murdered sex workers.

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eileen-guthrie555 14 March 2020

I very rarely write a review on IMDB this is my second review, but I felt compelled to write one because of my familiarity with this story as a former Long Island resident and was very familiar with the area where their bodies were discovered. The Long Island Serial Killer (aka LISK) still remains unknown to the Suffolk County police. There have been many suspects over the years. John Bittrolff was one of those accused in these murders. He was arrested, tried and convicted of three of the murders of Rita Tangredi, Colleen McNamee and Sandra Costilla. He is serving two life sentences plus an additional 25 years in Fishkill, NY. DNA that was found on these girl's bodies is what convicted him of these murders.

Joseph Brewer was the last person to have seen Shannan Gilbert alive. He hired her as an escort from Craigslist on the night of her disappearance. Brewer said that shortly after Gilbert arrived at his residence, she began acting erratically and fled into the night. Gilbert was reportedly seen running through Oak Beach, pounding on the doors of homes in Brewer's neighborhood. Around this time, Gilbert called 9-1-1 saying that "they were trying to kill her". However, police did not find any evidence of wrongdoing, and Brewer was quickly cleared as a suspect.

Dr. Peter Hackett was one creepy dude in my opinion, and he lied to the police when he said he never made a phone call twice to Mari Gilbert when phone records showed that he did. Why lie about something like that, that could be easily identified? The marshy area where Shannan Gilbert's remains were found were behind Hackett's house and backyard. Mari Gilbert filed a wrongful death suit against Hackett in November 2012, claiming that he took Gilbert into his home that morning and administered drugs to her, facilitating her death. Later police revealed that Hackett had a history of inserting himself into, or exaggerating his role in, certain major events. Police also noted that Hackett's wife and two children were home on the night of Gilbert's disappearance. Police later ruled out Hackett as a suspect in the deaths of Gilbert and the other LISK victims.

Now, one of the more interesting "suspects" was James Burke, the former Suffolk County Police Chief claimed he was connected to the Long Island murders. In November 2016, Burke had been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison, along with three years of supervised release, for beating a man who stole a duffel bag filled with sex toys and pornography from his vehicle. Burke had pleaded guilty in February 2016 to charges of a civil rights violation and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Gilbert's attorney said in December that one escort claimed that she had had "rough sex" with Burke during an Oak Beach party. Burke was reported to have blocked an FBI probe of the LISK case during his time as police chief. He has never been cleared as a "suspect."

The media has speculated about a profile of the killer, referred to by police as "Joe C" (unknown subject). According to the New York Times, it is most likely a white male in his mid-20s to mid-40s who is very familiar with the South Shore of Long Island and has access to burlap sacks, which he uses to hold the bodies for disposal. He may have a detailed knowledge of law enforcement techniques, and perhaps ties to law enforcement, which have thus far helped him avoid detection.

Shannan Gilbert's death was originally ruled as a drowning but due to the controversy abou

pkdyer6519 13 March 2020

Excellent Netflix film based on real events, I don't say that very often. Dolby Vision and 4K has made viewing films like this a very realistic proposition which makes them more horrowing and thought provoking. Amy Ryan is magnificent as Mari a crusading mother trying to find out what happened to her estranged daughter Shannan, ably supported by her two daughters. Police only stumble across two bodies by mistake which takes her to a strange private community called Gilko Beach(The True Location). Gabriel Byrne plays Commissioner Dorman a cop whos at the twilight of his career, he forms a cat & dog relationship with Mari. Mari forms friendships with the mothers and daughters at a wake, where they try to seek justice. This won't be bettered this year for its realism and passion and superb acting. A Must See!

jtindahouse 13 March 2020

I stumbled upon 'Lost Girls' tonight on Netflix and thought it looked interesting so decided to give it a look. I wasn't aware of the story behind it and I wasn't aware that it was based on true events. The main thing you'll notice when watching this movie is that is has an agenda, and it pushes it very heavily - and I liked that because it was personal. When a film just picks an agenda and decides to shove it in your face, that's garbage. But that isn't what happened here. This movie has a reason to be anti-police based on the real-life happenings and it wants people to know that. I think it found a good balance between getting its point across and also making sure it didn't consume the movie.

If you asked people to list all the Oscar nominated actresses who appeared in 'The Office' I think a lot would forget to put Amy Ryan on their list. She is though and 'Lost Girls' is further proof that when she is given the material to work with she can act her backside off. Her performance means a lot to this movie because she is the driving force behind almost every scene. If she wasn't able to pull it off the movie would fail, simple as that. She is terrific.

If you don't know anything about the real-life events this is based on then this film works very well as a mystery-drama. If you do know about them then I would suggest you're still going to enjoy this film, just in a different way. Don't come in expecting action scenes and over-the-top drama thrown in for the sake of it. This is a low-key, understated film that just goes about its business and does so wonderfully well. I had a great time with this movie and I suggest you will too.

Kjsaftner 14 March 2020

This is the first review I have ever written because this movie deserved more credit than it was given. It was not perfect and some of the acting was clunky, while others were exceptional. You really feel the mothers energy throughout and can grasp the love that truly was there despite all of their familial shortcomings.

I am not sure how true this story was , but I hope the police were not this inept. I couldn't be sure if it was just over the top writing or not.

Overall, this was a good watch. Suspenseful with a decent enough cast.

varun-25071997 14 March 2020

A very important story but it should have been a documentary not a feature film.

nicholls905-280-546911 13 March 2020

Firstly, this being a true crime storyline, it's refreshing for a character study. The book was a tough read, and the film is no different. Strong cast, and a film that can't provide any real closure for the viewer. Netflix should make more films based on true crime stories. Lost Girls is a sad story and more focus is not a bad thing.

alexpitt-345-971699 13 March 2020

I didn't really have any anticipation for Lost Girls, but I do enjoy murder mysteries and the synopsis for this film sounded interesting to me. In the end, I didn't think it was particularly great, but I still had a decent time watching it. The annoying part was, I could see the bones of a truly wonderful film buried in the sloppy storytelling.

The performances across the board were fantastic, and it was nice seeing Thomasin McKenzie in a film after her incredible performance in Jojo Rabbit last year. I don't think she was as good in Lost Girls, but that's mainly down to how good she was in Jojo Rabbit, and not really a negative against this film.

The direction by Liz Garbus was also impressive, and it boasted some nice camera work. The cinematography was kept dark throughout, but that worked for the tone they were going for.

I liked the story that Lost Girls was trying to tell, but the execution wasn't as strong as I would have liked it to be. The ending was completely predictable, and the pacing was off. Some parts felt rushed, whilst others dragged out for much longer than they needed to.

I also didn't find any of the characters to be fleshed out all that much, and so it was hard to care about their story. Obviously, because this is based on real events, I wanted it to pan out a certain way, but they should have developed the characters more. This would have allowed me to have a deeper attachment to the outcome within the film itself. An extra twenty minutes would have probably benefitted the film, because it clocks in at under 90 minutes without credits.

Overall, Lost Girls was a decent watch, but probably not one I will revisit again.

SCORE: 63%

cledakling 13 March 2020

Since I watch a lot of murder mysteries this popped up on Netflix. Once it started I realized is was about the murders on Long Island. I knew a little, but nothing about the families involved.

The film does an excellent job of drawing you into the life of the mother who wouldn't settle for police indifference. There were details and an ending I never knew that adds to the heart break.

Pairic 14 March 2020

Lost Girls: Based on the Long Island serial killings. The story centres around Mari Gilbert (Amy Ryan) mother of missing Sex Worker Shannan. Mari's relentless campaign forced the police chief (Gabriel Byrne) to conduct a search for her daughter and to seek the serial killer(s) responsible for killing up to 16 women. Best acting plaudits though go to Thomasin McKenzie as Sheree Gilbert. Reed Birney is suitably creepy as a suspect. Terrible incompetence and dereliction of duty by the police is revealed. Directed by Liz Garbus. 7/10. On Netflix.

claudio_carvalho 5 May 2020

"Lost Girls" is a dramatic thriller released by Netflix and based on Robert Kolker's book "Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery." The plot is engaging and based on the effort of Mari Gilbert, performed by the excellent Amy Ryan, in finding the truth about the fate of her missing daughter. The film shows the incompetence of the Suffolk police and how the victims, usually prostitutes, are considered expendable by the authorities. The serial-killer has not been found and his identity is unknown. The fate of the Gilbert family disclosed in the end is tragic. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Lost Girls - Os Crimes de Long Island" ("Lost Girls - The Crimes of Long Island")

lmrk5705 14 March 2020

This is based on a truly tragic story, however I found this movie incredibly boring. What could have been an interesting & poignant opportunity was reduced to a collection of midday moviesque cliches. There are some really fine actors in this including Gabriel Byrne & Miriam Shor, but even their performances are flat. Every character is either one dimensional, unlikable or flat. A real waste.

jonaslundell 23 April 2020

Acting is overall good. Photo is good. But to tell this whole story in 1h 30mins is impossible. And that affects the outcome. It results in not getting to know the characters, there are gaps in the story and overall it is shallow. They could have done so much more with this (sad) story so it could have been developed into a mini series maybe. I would have liked more focus on the investigation. More focus on the characters living in Oak Beach. More on the daughters relation to their mother. And so on. Intent is good but it doesn't reach whole way through.

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