The violence really pushed the limits, and those pagans were hardly as chilling as the ones in the original Wickerman. Just didn't work for me.
Despite the solid performances, the domestic drama, the portrait and the friendship between two hitmen and the realistic gore effects, the first hour felt a little generic. The last 20 minutes its where the movie starts to become really gruesome. The ending could had been better, but although a little predictable it was pretty shocking. I liked the ideas but that cult appeared almost out of nowhere despite the clues
A mercurial wonder, this film begins as an uncomfortable domestic drama, morphs into an increasingly mysterious crime caper, eventually landing somewhere approximate to "horror," the label most frequently applied to "Kill List," although probably inadequate to properly describe it. By far my favorite spooky movie of the past ten years. Strongly recommended if you like weirdness, ambiguity, and surprise.
An exciting mash up genres (Mike Leigh, In Bruges, Wicker Man, Eyes Wide Shut). Myanna Buring is a stand-out and it does make me want to see more of Wheatley's work. However, this just doesn't quite add up as a film. Not as a Heart of Darkness allegory, nor as a dream-within-dream narrative. It's pushing lots of buttons, but pushing them indiscriminately. Yes, it's claustrophobic. But it's also empty.
As a contrast to some of the negative reviews on here, I found this to be an utterly brilliant film. An incredibly structured and paced journey into the heart of darkness. The tonal shifts create a bizzare and striking atmosphere that works perfectly in light of the protagonist's deteriorating sanity. To me, It doesn't feel like a bunch of shit thrown together, but a clearly thought out narrative arc. Fantastic.
The customary Mockney-bollocks ruined when Ben risibly tries to go all Dennis on us at the end.
Stupid. Trying to be arty and progressive but bad as a movie. And I heard it is more or less stolen idea from much better "Serbian film".
Yeah I know. And I didn't see it, just heard that comparison. Anyway this movie is pretentious. It is trying to say something about the religious hatred I think, and it has "progressive" premise in very literal sense - social conditions are influencing hatred based on identity and than you end up killing "your own family". Or something like that. But it seems too banal. It is still a Hollywood horror cliché and it is not trying to "play" with clichés or to be ironic but its trying to be sincere, arty, scary and all about the message. I don't know. Fails for me. But it is interesting to find politically progressive meanings in popular movies. It is rare, they usually support more or less conservative ideas. But movie is still bad. Just like "Society" from 1989. Though it is trashy and funny. And concerning the Serbian film maybe I am wrong. I didn't see it and have some feeling that I wont like it.
Well :) maybe it is just a question of taste. But actually I like what it is trying to say, it is not to "deep" but it is OK. I just think that it takes itself to seriously. It is just a simple triller with too much clichés taken literally, while trying to be deep, weird, sociological, arty... and its not. Though It is not boring, must agree, I didn't like it. But you know :) just my opinion.
Watching this I am reminded a lot of Sion Sono's Cold Fish and Takashi Miike's movies. Wheatley, it appears, is trying to place himself in the same league as these masters of modern horror and surrealism, but he really falls short. There is this trend in modern filmmaking that I cannot say I am a fan of that consists of creating works that push the limits of incomprehensibility. Directors assume that by being more cryptic and obtuse they are encouraging the audience to "come to their own conclusions". The problem is that there is a difference between encouraging the audience to think and just throwing stuff together for the sake of doing so. When I took an introduction to creative writing class last semester, the professor said never to leave out details for the sake of doing so and expecting the audience to figure it out. It needs to be done with a purpose, and that purpose needs to be something other than laziness or pretension. Here, I got the feeling that Wheatley is being a bit of both. The movie ultimately lacks any sort of concrete point. It comes as no surprise to me that Wheatley came into the spotlight as a result of YouTube. Kill List certainly feels like something a YouTube celebrity would want to make. There are some fine moments here, and it is not a complete waste of time, but it comes close.
Imperfect and a bit confusing, but still pretty good. It just wasn't the fantastic ride I was promised
In the era of torture porn and all things paranormal here is a genre entry that doesn't rely on cheap ‘boo!’ tactics or clichéd, stock characters but creates a foreboding atmospheric tension whilst grounding the narrative very much in the ‘real world’. Perfectly cast, Wheatley directs with such control, never revealing too much and thus gets away with the metaphysical, unexplained twist in last twenty minutes.
So. That happened. I don't know exactly what happened but it happened. And I watched it.
as an asymmetrical, head-scratchin' entry into the horror genre, i suppose this works well enough. the first hour's mike-leigh-style red herring is effectively out of sync with its eventual destination - a trick, in the end, but a decent one. beyond that, i'm not sure this has anything particularly interesting to say about human brutality or whatever. and i'm kinda tired of the faux "wicker man" mystical shit lately.
It's been a long time since I've seen a film that is paradoxically histrionic & incredibly boring. HEY WHEATLEY: SHOUTING AS LOUD AS YOU CAN, DOES NOT = GOOD OR EVEN BELIEVABLE ACTING, AS YOU CAN TELL BY THIS RUN ON SENTENCE. Don't understand why people give this guy props, his writing is terrible, directing is serviceable at best, he made the two worst series' of Ideal.