Ben Wheatley’s ultraviolent hitman horror movie Kill List starts off like a kitchen-sink Guy Ritchie film, with Gal (Michael Smiley) and Jay (Neil Maskell), a lowly pair of hired killers, extending a dinner party into a drunken wrangle. Then the two go out on an assigned homicide spree, with Smiley’s Cockney psycho amping up each torture-murder so it’s even grislier than the last. It’s all very sub-Tarantino showy and empty — at least, until the head-scratching climax, which tries to be Eyes Wide Shut, The Wicker Man, and The Twilight Zone all at once, but only makes you wish that you were watching one of them instead. (Also available on VOD) C
SHOOT TO 'KILL' Neil Maskell in Kill List
Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Horror; Starring: Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley; Director: Ben Wheatley; Runtime (in minutes): 95
Posted February 21 2012 — 12:00 AM EST
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