Not only do we not know what planet the IMDB reviewers of Kill List are on, we also don’t care.
A British soldier returns home from Kiev and joins up with another ex army pal for some good old fashioned contract killings. His demented past and shell shocked ways affect his work as a professional, and that may just be why he was hired in the first place.
What director Ben Wheatley does with this piece of genre material is nothing short of stunning. In both Kill List, and his previous film Down Terrace, he effectively plays different moods and tones off each other and the end result is a more complete story than what the viewer expected. The actors are excellent to the point where they nearly come off as non actors in the sense that you really can’t label there character as easily as one is accustomed to in a typical movie. It’s difficult to tell where the written dialogue ends and the improv begins, with some of it almost feeling like a foreign language. Cinematography does not get any bleaker than this, and not one frame is wasted.
This..is a rare one to say the least.
Kill List was supposed to make the film festival rounds in 2011, but was quickly purchased by IFC early into the 2011 SXSW Festival in Austin. Distributing get’s kinda sticky from there, playing a few theaters at the end of last year, it’s been rumored that IFC will air it once one there channel, before distributing it some more to indie/art house theaters in Feb and March of this year, with a push to the bigger franchise type theaters just prior to summer. Wherever and however you see it, it’s going to be more than worth your time and leave you wanting to tell someone else about it.
For now, you’ll have to get your fix by renting the less bleak but similarly themed Down Terrace, but we’re sure you’ve already done that.