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Kill List

Travis Fry   (5 reviews)

Posted: 04/04/2012 | Comments: 1 | Rate:

Actors: Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Harry Simpson

Synopsis: Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman 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.

As I sit through the first half hour I am wondering perhaps I had gone to the wrong film. The movie was slow and seemed to be about a family that was falling apart do to something that had happened months ago. The main character has some anger issues as well as his wife who doesn't seem to care much for him. It introduced the characters and developed them a bit so you knew the type of people they were but was a little boring getting through it. Along the way through this, it sets up some strange happenings that never really get explained. Finally about a half hour in we are given the plot to the movie.

The main character's friend whom you find out is an old Army buddy of his has an offer to make quite a bit of money by killing three targets. Since the main character is in financial woe he decides this could fix the problem. Once the two decide to take the job to kill the three people the movie picks up quite a bit although it is still a bit slow. They find the target, they kill the target repeat. In between kills they have home time to see the dynamic between the main character and his family while he further goes more crazy.

They do not hold back one bit on the violence. There is a scene where the main character has one of the targets tied up and beats him to death with a hammer. He doesn't do it right away but decides to inflict some pain on him first by smashing his knees and hand first eventually bashing his head in. The violence looked realistic and was very believable which leads to some feelings of unease. Normally violence is not something that I am phased by in a movie. I sit back and enjoy over the top violence with a smile on my face with the happy feeling of knowing this is fiction. This movie though was just brutal. It left me feeling uneasy. Not quite understanding what I had just seen with it being a bit too real to not feel uncomfortable.

The setup of this movie is a bit strange though with it feeling like three totally different stories about the same people. Three short stories that are loosely intertwined. With it being a drama in the beginning, a hitman movie in the middle and some weird "Eyes Wide Shut" type movie at the end with cultists with masks included. This setup works for this movie. With the tone set so dark and the main characters uncontrollable anger issue that keeps building throughout the movie it was well thought out and left you still thinking about the movie after you have left.

Movies like this with the premise is laid out in front of you but you don't quite know exactly what the film makers were thinking make very interested pieces of work. These types of movies intrigue me. It lets me discuss what exactly went down and what was real and was meant to be metaphorical or in the characters head or whatever may pop up. Is this a movie for everybody? No. This is specifically meant for those looking for a movie about a crazy guy falling deeper into insanity with tons of violence.


hail and kill
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I did not like the ending, but I this movie was a pleasant surprise. Kind of a weird movie to categorize it turned into a horror movie at the end, but I wouldn't really classify it as horror. Neil Maskell and Michael Smiley made the movie with their performances. The best movie I have seen so far this year hands down.

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