Kill List [Blu-ray]
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Eight months after a botched job in Kiev, Jay (Neil Maskell) is an out-of-work hitman with no job, money, health insurance and a wife constantly on his case. But when his business partner Gal (Michael Smiley) comes over for dinner and pressures Jay into taking a new assignment, Jay quickly finds himself back in the game with the promise of a big payoff after three assassinations. Although the hits start off without incident, soon things begin to unravel and Jay's paranoia reveals itself as he is plunged into the heart of darkness. The second feature from British director Ben Wheatley (DOWN TERRACE) KILL LIST (which premiered at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival) features incredibly natural rich performances, jet black humor and nail-biting suspense that work to keep the audience always off-guard. Moving from kitchen-sink drama to character study to crime thriller, KILL LIST ends up at something more fundamentally profound and wonderfully disturbing.
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This is a fairly straightforward occult movie, much like those that were so popular during the 70s. In fact, it's so like the 70s that at one point I thought there was going to be a key party.
But the movie goes dark very quickly and gets darker and darker from there. What seems like
SPOILER (Skip down to the asterisk if you don't want to know)-----
a fairly typical squabble between husband and wife Jay and Shel over strained family finances turns out to be a set up to get Jay back into the murder for hire business with his best friend Gal, something Jay does not want to do anymore. The movie sets the viewers up as well with the dinner party and immediate aftermath, but the groundwork gets laid even earlier with a particularly lighthearted moment that is given a very David Lynch-like cinematic touch.
*END SPOILER (from here, the spoilers will be far less explicit).
While, ultimately, I really liked the movie, both as a reasonably well-constructed scary story and as a metaphor for a family disintegrating under financial stress and the spouses' differing life goals, there were problems with it that I had trouble getting past. The pacing is somewhat inconsistent, and, maybe it was the video stream, but the sound design seemed really bad. But other than that (and my own personal aversion to some rather graphic torture), I thought this was an excellent film: the story is deep, the acting was excellent, and the film never oversold itself OR pulled its punches.
The movie itself was an example lazy writing. Many many details and story lines were started and, then, just abandoned; a quick irrational ending that would better be for a music video. The movie felt like it was a rough outline of what the movie SHOULD be.
The end and it's fairly predictable "twist" could only happen if the perps were omniscient. How could the bad guys know every move and split decision made by several people over a roughly 24 hour period?
I do not recommend.
Disturbing is cool with me :) Worthless isn't
Other movie have done better with the same theme. Much Better.