Utilizing a rare chance to show off his dark side, Brad Pitt plays a psychotic murderer in this 1993 thriller. His character is an unemployed parolee that comes into contact with a graduate student (played by David Duchonvy) who is researching serial killers. Needless to say, bad things happen once they come together. The film didn't do well at the box office, but critics loved it. "Once in a very long while I see a film that cuts through the surface of movie violence, and says something important about the murderous energies at loose in society," Roger Ebert wrote. "Kalifornia is such a film – terrifying and horrifying, yes, but also unflinchingly honest, and so well acted that for most of the film I abandoned any detachment and just watched it as if I were observing the lives of real people."