Owen Gleiberman
February 21, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

Kill List

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
95 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/03/12
performer
Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley
director
Ben Wheatley
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Horror

We gave it a C

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

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