"Chapter 27 digs into the mind of a troubled Mark Chapman to recreate events leading up to the death of John Lennon"
Hold you pepper and keep the onions! "Chapter 27" is a film that captures one of the darkest days in music history. John Lennon was killed on 12-8-80, by a man named Mark David Chapman, a man whose delusions overtook his reality. Jared Leto stars as the actor picked to demonstrate the killer's unraveling just three days prior to committing cold-blooded murder.
Let's take a look inside the mind of a madman, as we Unhinge the controversial, "Chapter 27".
By now, any Beatles fan worth their salt has heard of the tragic shooting that pushed the world back on it's heels, but do we know the killer? We may never truly know, but Jarrent Schaefer took it upon himself to write and direct a film that would add a little more clarity to the unclear details surrounding the catastrophic event of 1980. Schaefer's work is derived from a book written by Jack Jones titled, Let Me Take You Down which contained some of the intricate interviews from the killer himself, Mark Chapman.
So you know what the film is about, but how was Mark portrayed?
Mark(Leto) is shown as an awkward man with an intense fixation on John Lennon. He stakes the guy's home out for days, all the while ruminating over delusional fantasies of killing what he thought was a blasphemous person. He also makes efforts to bide his time socializing with fans of Lennon, while awaiting his opportunity to strike, the Titan down. Lastly, he is depicted as a torn man, one with both good and evil fighting for his attention, even though we already know which side won in the end.
Why did he do it? Do what? Kill John Lennon.
You see, Mark had an internal voice that was wildly out of control. The voice came to him several years back and only recently surfaced, but it was a enough to keep Chapman's life, "Circling the drain". In all actuality, Mark didn't have much going on for him, at least not at the time of them murder. Chapman's reported last three days were filled with reading Catcher in the Rye and plotting his attack on John Lennon. He felt that John's statements about religion, as well as, his immeasurable wealth and fortune gave him all the reasoning he needed to justify his execution of a Beatle.
So how did he kill John Lennon?
You're going to have to watch the movie for that one, but we will say that it does involve a gun.
This film is one of those movies that you only need to watch one time because it's straight to the point. Well at least, after the three day build-up, but you will get a pretty good idea of the mindset Chapman had during his dirty deed.
Who should see this film? Folks that can handle the murder of an icon and those curious about the finger behind the trigger.
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