Picks and Pans Review: Judgment Day: the John Ust Story
CBS (Tues., Feb. 23, 9 p.m. FT)
In this fact-based movie, Robert Blake plays List, a New Jersey accountant who in 1971 murdered his wife, mother and three children, then disappeared. Assuming a new identity, he went undetected for 18 years until a segment on the TV show America’s Most Wanted led to his arrest.
The film’s choppy shuffling of flashbacks can’t disguise the fact that it just doesn’t have enough of a story to go around. Blake, his face an oft-folded map of baffled anguish, is sometimes chilling, more often wildly over the top as a henpecked man clinging to religion and a compulsion for orderliness in a futile attempt to hold his demons at bay. David Caruso, Alice Krige, Beverly D’Angelo, Melinda Dillon and Carroll Baker costar.