Kill List

  • 18
  • Ben Wheatley (2011)
  • UK
  • 91 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

A uniquely terrifying experience, director Ben Wheatley's down-and-dirty chiller moves confidently from edgy soap opera to intense crime thriller to stark satanic shocker. An ex-soldier-turned-contract killer is talked into doing "one last job" with his best mate, but their mysterious employer's hit list brings them into direct contact with the occult. Drawing upon the recurring nightmares he's had since childhood, Wheatley's scares are palpable thanks to the improvised playing of his fresh, sit-up-and-take-notice cast. And the flip from emotional Mike Leigh territory into startling Grand Guignol takes the horror further beyond the comfort zone. Confounding expectations the same way he did with Down Terrace, Wheatley's tale of the unpredictable owes as much to The Parallax View as it does to Race with the Devil. It is darkly comic, brutally violent and a dynamo of dizzying fright stuff.

Plot Summary

Horror starring Neil Maskell and MyAnna Buring. Ex-soldier-turned-contract killer Jay is talked into doing one last job by friend and fellow hitman Gal. But as the bodies pile up, it soon becomes apparent the pair have become involved in a situation beyond their control.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jay
Neil Maskell
Shel
MyAnna Buring
Gal
Michael Smiley
Fiona
Emma Fryer
Sam
Harry Simpson
The Client
Struan Rodger
Justin
Crompton Ben
Keira
Gemma Lise Thornton
The doctor
Damien Thomas
The librarian
Mark Kempner

Crew

Director
Ben Wheatley

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Optimum Releasing
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 2 Sep 2011
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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