Handsomely photographed and well acted, this low-key thriller chronicles the misdeeds of notorious Milwaukee serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer (1960-98), including murder, dismemberment, necrophilia and cannibalism. Though slicker and more conspicuously aestheticized, it recalls the controversial HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (1989) in its dispassionate recounting of truly awful crimes and its guardedly empathetic (as opposed to sym
pathetic) stance. The film's title, cribbed from Milton's Paradise Lost
, is the key: "The mind is its own place, and in itself/Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven." Without employing obvious subjective techniques, it ...