The allure of forensic science to both casual viewers and students interested in pursuing a career in the field has largely been affected by the rise of films and TV shows about it, from “CSI” to “Bones” to “Law and Order.” Medical investigators have become regarded as hard-working heroes who often work outside the limelight, the crucial piece in solving the most perplexing of crimes. Here are three of the best films on forensics that should further forensics’ appeal.
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The Day of the Jackal
This 1973 film, based on the acclaimed book by British writer Frederick Forsyth, tells the tale of a professional assassin called “The Jackal” who was hired by a French paramilitary organization to kill French president Charles De Gaulle. It aids the world of forensic science with its intricate depiction of the careful killer, who utilizes counterfeit documents, custom rifles, and multiple identities. Part of the film’s overall excitement is in following the elaborate policework needed to track him down.
The Usual Suspects
This 1995 cult classic is a must-watch for anyone who’s into forensics. It has everything: great acting, a solid narrative, and a grand twist in the end that most audiences will be unprepared for. Kevin Spacey, in particular, was superb in this whodunit masterpiece. The would-be forensic scientist will learn a lot about paying attention to the seemingly most mundane of clues by watching this flick.
Another 1995 film that suits the detective thriller genre is this haunting film about two investigators in hot pursuit of a sinister serial killer out to murder people violating the seven deadly sins. Stellar acting by its main cast (Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman) is complemented by the dark and gloomy urban setting. Stay with it to the end, for one of the most harrowing twists in cinema history.
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