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An odd film,
This review is from: Kill List [DVD] (DVD)I really liked most of the film, it's shot really well, acted very well, and in terms of a thriller about ex army buddies, who have undertaken tough tours of duty, but who now carry out 'hits' to make a living back in Britain, it has all the right atmosphere.
The two leads talk naturally, joke and laugh, but when it's down to business they act as proffesionals, casing the places where the hits take place and profiling the intended targets.
Equally as with this genre, to give our two leads some sort of morality, the people they kill deserve it, as they are the typical upstanding members of the community, who have devious, nasty secrets.
There employers are creepy, and from a strange meeting with there paymaster at a hotel, the scene is set that they are being hired by a sinister bunch for there killing skills.
A low budget film, that is stylish in the way it's shot,well performed, and not scared of being brutal I was really hoping for another revenge/men against the scumbag type thriller such as the recent Michael Caine movie Harry Brown, or Outlaw starring Sean Bean. And to say this film has that air about it in the first to middle half is a compliment.
However I knew the ending was heading in another direction, as I committed the sin of reading the reviews before hand. Sadly this is where the film becomes to unravel, without trying to give too much away (the film signals very early on where it will lead, but not quite how it will play out), a film that starts with two hitmen taking out bad people, in the last 10 to 15 minutes turns into an occult movie, many of which have been done before.
So in short I loved part of it (but that's because I love gritty British thrillers), but struggled with the shift in tone towards the end.
It really is a strange hybrid of three elements, first few scenes are family drama, the middle scenes are well made hitman thriller and the end scenes are occult horror/thriller movie, right out of the 60's or 70's.
A bold piece of film making, which proves the point as most reviews are either love it or hate it, but I'm in between as it is well crafted and I would ask any open minded viewer to watch it as it is well put together, but I'd of settled for the hitman story and no horror movie undertones.
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2012 15:04:41 GMT
Now Zoltan says:
You seem pretty positive, so why give it only 2 stars?
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2012 10:57:27 GMT
I think the review's spot on - as the reviewer points out, the final third is a complete cop out of plot, with no explainable resolution to anything, and an almost pantomime final few minutes. The (excellent) first two thirds are deemed redundant when the ending is so lazy, and the director fails to highlight any themes he's tackling.
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