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A still from Kill List (2011)

Kill List

2011 | United Kingdom | 95 min
  • Watched on Sat Dec 19, 2020 via Blu-ray (2012 | MPI Media Group)
    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Two former British soldiers now work as contract killers. Their latest job—the titular list—involves three targets, but things go sideways fast and the two find themselves in over their heads.

    I loved the film’s trap movie plot—right in my wheel-house. Ditto the confident execution. The contrast between the dominant realism and the formal interstitial moments—such as the pair exiting their car framed by a rainbow—generates a perpetual sense of unease.

    But the minimalist ending left me frustrated. I appreciated the lack of Scooby-Doo style exposition, but the open-ended nature felt like The Witch or Hereditary without their closing scenes. Very good, but lacking the final nihilistic gut-punch.

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  • Watched on Sun Nov 10, 2013 via Netflix

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