How topical the book and movie;Just today the horrific Newton CT massacre; it\'s a growing epidemic in this country. The movie is as gripping and breathtaking as the book. However, I believe it would be very hard to follow the movie without having read the book: not only is it very fragmentary, jumping back and forth between the different scenarios, but it also leaves out big chunks of the book. To my mind it needn\'t be that fragmentary and that much of a surrealistic montage; more linear would have been easier on the viewer. Nevertheless the material is so gripping, so totally relevant, the acting and directing so wonderful that as a critic said, it does take your breath away. Tilda Swinton obviously is terrific at every frame though again, I don\'t see why the director went out of her way to render her not very feminine or attractive, when the narrator of the book is an attractive feminine woman. That mop hairdo is most unappealing, and in the post massacre she could have still used some merciful makeup. Kevin in all stages is extraordinary, especially in his teens: he manages to portray pure evil with total seductiveness and actual, yes a kind of perverted charm; kudos to Ezra Miller. However John C Rileigh (sp?) is badly miscast: Franklin in the book is a handsome charismatic sexy man; Rileigh is just a clueless overweight teddy bear-that diminishes the sexual tension and thrill. Aside from the film itself despite the great book I disagree with the underlying premise, that one can be born pure evil: by all accounts such mass killers are conditioned by a web of *************, background, upbringing-they don\'t spring out of the blue.