Topic: Kill List (2011)
So, I had been reading all these reviews about how Kill List was this crime film that took a frighteningly nightmarish turn for the worse that would stick with me long after it was over. Well, it was definitely a genre mash-up, but it was not everything the reviews have been making it out to be.
The story concerns a former soldier turned hitman who reluctantly teams back up with his former comrade and partner-in-crime to take out three targets for some good money. Afer a boring first third, things finally got under way. The first job is... strange, but it's the second where things get interesting and very disturbing in its implications. It was at this point that I felt that the film had reached the point of no return in its brutality, but I was deceived. After yet another lull, it does indeed take a turn towards the bizarre, but also loses much of the steam that was built in the middle. I guess it could be scary, depending on who you are, but I thought it felt a bit forced - like it was being weird for the sake of being weird.
If you can get past the slow beginning and thick accents, Kill List proves to be a watchable, well-acted, journey into darkness about the power of evil permeating a life through equally understandable and questionable reactions to it. It's certainly a film worth discussing, but whether it's the scariest or most brutal film of the decade is debatable.