»Kill List« is a gender-bending masterpiece. »Kill List« will, without a doubt, raise controversy. The film is like a gangster with love/hate-inked on his knuckles. Love it or be appalled.

In »Kill List« we encounter Jay, an ex-soldier-turned-hit-man. Jay has been unemployed for eight months and he and his wife would need to be participants for an entire season of »The Marriage Ref« in order to salvage their current relationship. Short on cash and desperate, Jay unites with his old friend Gal and as hit-men they takes on a new mysterious client. Patiently they execute their targets one at a time. Once rolling, memories come alive and so does Jay’s inner bloodlust—killing gradually begins to feel more like a hobby and not like a job.

Visceral, sadistic, and realistic »Kill List’s« heathen approach is similar to certain aspects of »The Wicker Man«. »Kill List« is an evil film in which director Ben Wheatley, clearly inspired by viral YouTube-clips, chooses to embrace, rather than shy away from violence. Wheatley’s gut-wrenching torture sequences put him in the same league as Pascal Laugier and Gaspar Noé.

Kill List poster
Title
Kill List
Director
Ben Wheatley
Country
UK
Length
95 min
Festival
2011
Section
Twilight Zone
Language
English
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2011
Cast
Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Harry Simpson, Michael Smiley
Producer
Claire Jones, Andrew Stark
Script
Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump
Music
Jim Williams

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