Who's in it?
Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, MyAnna Buring & Emma Fryer. These actors are relatively unknown, just adding to the fact that you can have no preconceptions about this film
What's it about?
Director Ben Wheatley, in an interview for the Guardian, provided his justification for the violence used. This video sums up perfectly exactly what you need to know going in without spoilers.
From the outset my stomach was gripped, never truly understanding why but I’m blaming the cinematography & score. Time lapse, overlaying scenes and music that seemed to jar with what was on screen at all times each served to jangle the nerves. Part of its brilliance was, genuinely, not knowing what was going to happen next. You’re brought from terror to laughter within seconds. Disconcertion at its best.
The relationship between the two hit men was brilliantly scripted and beautifully played out. The dialogue so sharp and at times jaw achingly funny married with constant pace changes meant that it almost seemed voyeuristic watching their story transpire. As if we were privy to conversations that have actually happened, that the camera had caught snippets of their reality.
It was an enormous feat for Ben Wheatley to make you feel for these men having seen the outrageously graphic violence that they perpetrate. I caught one glimpse & covered my eyes but there was no cutaway – my Bro watched every scene and all I could hear from behind my hand was a whispered expletive with many, many vowels.
As the film thunders toward its conclusion there is no let up either visually or audibly. Anybody that tells you they knew the ending from the outset is a filthy liar. Anybody that reveals anything of the plot or conclusion is no friend of yours & should be ignored henceforth.
Kill List is the most original film I have ever seen, there are no comparisons and that, to me, is praise enough to get you to see this film.
Having seen the extended trailer at Movie Fest I was intrigued, once the final credits rolled even more so. This one will stay with me for quite some time.