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  • Actors: Andrew Howard, Geraldine O'Rawe, Andrew Tiernan, David Calder, Mark Benton
  • Directors: Paul Sarossy
  • Writers: Peter Waddington, Neil Cross
  • Producers: Adam Betteridge, Alex Marshall, Andreas Bajohra, Bob Portal, Clive Waldron
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00012QMCC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,515 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Killing Kind" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Jon Is An Ideal Employee: Neat, Efficient & Conscientious. Thetorture He Inflicts Is Effective And The Kills Are Swift.Mentored By His Tattooed Boss, The Only Thing Asked Of Jon Istotal Loyalty. But Something Happens And For The First Time Jonlets His Emotions Affect His Work. Now The Tables Are Turned

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Gillespie on January 8, 2004
Format: DVD
Jon is a brutal gangster whose conscience is like an amputated limb--it's gone, but sometimes he thinks it is still there. As he maims and murders we learn little about Jon other than he lives in London, that he has a first name, and that he is a legbreaker, assassin, and apprentice sadist. Despite the thin biography, at the close of Killing Kind we know Jon.
He ain't pretty.
Director Paul Sorossy gives a taut, grim, and gritty glimpse into the lives of mobsters who transform violence into performance art. As a sadistic crime boss boasts, these men embrace their brutality.  Jon, played brilliantly by Andrew Howard, finds this difficult after he reconnects with childhood friends who are a reminder of a more innocent time. We don't get a lot of details about Jon's past, but the indications are it didn't involve torture. The story focuses on the present and the conflict Jon experiences as he is torn between his old comrades and his current terror mentors.
Set in the underworld of working class Britain, Killing Kind avoids the maudlin affectations Hollywood attributes to hitmen with mid-life crises. Forget any Road To Perdition-type father and son relationships: this is a tale of the devil and his particularly worthy disciple Jon. Director Sorossy manages to cram mayhem into almost every other scene yet it never comes across as gratuitous or cartoonish. Sorossy, who borrows heavily from director Michael Mann in a few of the more memorable and graphically violent scenes, makes certain the audience never forgets how repulsive Jon can be. Any sympathy Jon has generated evaporates with an ending that is both intelligent and disgusting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL TAYLOR on June 7, 2004
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A HIT MAN HAS A MIDLIFE CRISIS. HE THINKS OF LEAVING THE MOB AND LEADING A NORMAL LIFE. HAS PLENTY OF GOOD PLOT AND PLENTY OF GOOD ACTING TO SPARE, BUT THIS FILM COULD'VE USED SOME BETTER PACING. BUT, WHEN YOU PAY ATTENTION TO THE FILM'S CHARCTERS AND THE SINCERITY OF THE PERFORMANCES DISPLAYED IN THIS MOVIE, YOU'LL FORGET ALL ABOUT THIS FILM'S FLAWS. MOB MOVIE FANS SHOULD THOROUGHLY ENJOY THIS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Shamas on July 18, 2010
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Loved this film. Wierd and wonderfull departure from the standerd mobster movie. Every character is a cipher with non mobsters being as interesting as the thugs. The most interesting moments are those involving the banal rather than the violent. The intensity and sureality of any moment is as great as and even surpases the run up to the climax. The acting is brave, and as another reviewer said, sincere, so much so that I feel that with the great dialogue and plotting these actors could make this book shien as well on satge as it does on film.
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Liked this movie much better than the novel it is based upon. While the novel has some outstanding philosophical musings it lacks the punch of the movie. And the producers actually made a reasonably existential movie. Acting and cast is very good. Don't know if Sartre or Camus would watch it but I did and was enthralled. A jolting ride into an extreme existential situation. Loved the ending.
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