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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
takes the horror further beyond the comfort zone. Confounding expectations the same way he did with
, 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.
A hitman with money worries is persuaded by his old partner to take on one last job. The duo's mysterious client presents them with a list of three targets, but as they go about their deadly work, they start to realise there is something far more disturbing going on than a simple act of murder. Thriller, with Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley and Myanna Buring.
Cast & Crew
Gemma Lise Thornton
DVD and Blu-ray
2 Sep 2011
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