Kill List

Well, this all starts so promisingly but it’s only 2/3rds of a great film as far as I’m concerned.

It starts with a loud domestic argument between Jay (Neil Maskell) and his wife Shel (MyAnna Buring) who are not enjoying the financial comfort that they are used to because Jay has not been working for months. The characters and their backgrounds are slowly painted and we spend the first act of the film getting to know them and Jay’s friend Gal (Michael Smiley). Shot like a domestic drama and nicely edited there is a sense of impending doom in the images but more than that the almost imperceptible constant low drone of the soundtrack leaves you unsettled and waiting for disaster to strike.

The film moves on to the second act where Jay and the likeable, charismatic and charming Gal embark on a mission and this part is just as tense at times, funny in parts but also has some very graphic isolated violent scenes – not for the squeamish!

The final act veers off in a completely bonkers direction in a way that has you thinking “Huh? What happened to that good film I was just watching?” and makes you think that everybody involved got bored of the project and just needed to finish it off or just couldn’t come up with a satisfying conclusion. It also refuses to answer any of the tantalising nuggets it drops along the way and has an incredibly stupid last setpiece.

Frustrating and leaves you angry. The more I think back to it the more disappointed I am.

2/3rds of a 4 on 5 film, so you do the math.

2 on 5


Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Harry Simpson, Michael Smiley, Emma Fryer
UK Release: 2nd September 2011


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