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KILLER SCRIPT?

The film Kill List, which came out early this year at the cinema, has just hit DVD and as I missed it on the big screen, I thought I’d check it out on the small one. A British film directed by Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace), Kill List has as its central protagonists ex-soldier and now assassin Jay (Neil Maskell) and his partner Gal (Michael Smiley). Jay has a wife, Shel (MyAnna Buring), who is fully aware of what her husband does for a living but Gal is not married. Promised a big payoff for three seemingly simple jobs, the pair find themselves in a situation that’s anything but simple. Kill List is well-acted, well-directed and with a decent script but the big reveal at the end, where the film takes a different direction, isn’t totally credible and it doesn’t quite hold together as a single cohesive idea. However Maskell and Smiley are both very good as is Buring and director Wheatley also acquits himself well, so it’s definitely worth watching. Kill List isn’t a wholy satisfying production but people interested in modern British filmmaking should check it out…

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