Kill List 2011

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Nearly a year after a botched job left him physically and mentally scarred, ex-soldier/turned contract killer Jay takes a new assignment with the promise of a big pay off.

Starring:
Neil Maskell,Michael Smiley
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Ben Wheatley
Starring Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley
Supporting actors MyAnna Buring, Emma Fryer
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Persona Synthetic TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
Very good. Kill List is one of those films that almost becomes more enjoyable the following day after watching having had time to re-run it in your head. Kill List is a surreal, nightmarish tale of morality and descent into depravity. It has a very tight straightforward plot concerning two ex-army friends involvement as hired killers and their list of targets for their new client. This story is interwoven with a sinister sub-plot involving satanic(?) imagery, some bizarre and unnatural reactions from the killers victims and almost everyone else they encounter, paranoia and barbarity.
Just about every relationship is dysfunctional at its inner core and though despicable in nature the characters also exhibit quite vulnerable even likeable sides early on until the gradual character erosion and exposure to their dark sides kicks in.
I'm a bit suprised at so many low ratings as even given the unusual direction the film takes towards the end the journey there is still fantastically acted and plot wise is very strong, disturbing and thought provoking. I look forward to seeing it again and I think that's pretty much a prerequisite given the subtlety of much of the inferences, unexplained references and symbolic nature of much of the strange events that occur.
A very good character study and plot driven horror that while it thematically resonates with some other films I didn't think it was derivative at all of any of them.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 25 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Nearly a year after a botched job, a hit-man takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings.

What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.....

This is one of those films that really lives up the hype and the applauds from the critics.

The first thing about this film is that it's one of the most un-nerving film experiences I have ever have.

It's by no means scary, but the film has so much stark imagery and connotations, the sense of dread is there from the start, and never lets up right until the end credits are over.

The performances in this movie are second to none, and it's true, there are some scenes when you really feel like you are intruding someone else's life.

But do your self a favour and don't read anything about this movie until you have seen it, it will spoil one of the most powerful, visceral experiences you could have from a British movie.

The Pagan symbols are revealed subliminally throughout the film at different stages of the film, and if you look through the occupations of the 'victims' it goes up right to the government, thus maybe indicating that this 'cult' feel guilty about the Brown/Blair botch up of the country, or maybe the killing of innocence of British society once the final reel is shown.

The ending is shocking and answers a lot of questions and kudos to the editing suite, they really focus on certain scenes and never cut away when you expect.

All in all it's a very unsettling piece to watch, but it's very powerful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By You caught me procrastinating again on 18 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Kill List is a film of two halves, opening promisingly with a damaged ex-soldier back from Iraq to find he's no prospects and doesn't get on with his wife anymore. His way out comes in the form an opportunity to team up with an ex-army mate and turn hit man. He doesn't know who he's ultimately working for, but the more he learns of the victims the more reassured he is that he's on the side of the angels.

But just as he's about to knock off the last victim the film switches genre from realistic thriller to Hammer horror. Suddenly, he's on the run from hundreds, no thousands, of murderous naturists in Wickerman style face masks. Fortunately, he seems to have an endless supply of ammunition with which to dispatch them. I can't say I didn't enjoy it, but it was a bit silly.

Had Kill List stuck to being a thriller, we might have had an interesting time finding out who was behind the kill list and there's no reason why this couldn't have been a cult of some kind. After all these things to exist in the real world, just on a far smaller scale.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Dec. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
It's easy to see why Ben Wheatley's sophomore feature Kill List won over British critics but found it much harder to woo audiences: it's a film with a lot going for it that really doesn't pay off and doesn't stand up to much examination. It's a film of surface pleasures, but of a very low budget indie kind - no big effects, set pieces or glossy visuals but strong characterisation, believable dialogue and excellent performances that give the illusion of eavesdropping on real life, all in the service of a genre that has long since turned into near-parody with over-stylised wisecracks and philosophising and comic book violence.

Starting out as a slice of life kitchen sink drama, becoming a thriller and gradually developing into a horror film, Neil Maskell is malingerer is persuaded by wife MyAnna Buring to get back to work with old army mate Michael Smiley because there's nothing left in the bank account. The work is well paid and local: kill three men in the UK. But these two don't behave like typical movie hitmen, more like commercial travellers, and it's that sense of the everyday observed that gives the film much of its power. Maskell argues with his wife in front of friends at dinner parties, gets pissed off when his credit card is declined at a hotel and finds corporate downsizing immoral while killing for a man who demands the contract be signed in blood. That's not the first hint that things are going to get a bit wickerish, but when his victims thank him even when he sets to work on them with a hammer, it's clear there's more going on than meets the eye. Or so it appears.

The reality is that there's actually less going on than meets the eye, but it's played in such a naturalistic style that it starts to convince you that it just might turn into something really special.
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