Let’s check things off the list.
Kill List is one of Ben Wheatley’s earlier films and one of my favorite slices of psychological horror. Someone suggested this to me on Twitter and I had been wanting to rewatch it for a while now. Luckily, this one seems to get better with each repeat viewing.
We follow traumatized ex-soldier-now-mercenary Jay (Neil Maskell) who argues constantly with his wife Shel (MyAnna Buring) about money (and everything else). She wants Jay to go back to work as he has taken eight months off after a mission went bad in Kiev. His partner Gal (Michael Smiley-who is also one of those actors who never gets enough work) has a new contract that is local, simple, and pays well.
After an odd encounter with the client things seem overall weird but fairly normal. They track and kill their first target, who acts weird before dying. Something is going on and Jay and Gal need to figure out what it is before things get any more dangerous. Each new piece of information seems to drive them further into the heart of darkness.
The best part of this film is the fantastic characters. Solid writing and performances from everyone in the film make the domestic tensions as heart rending as the more violent moments. We have a whirlwind of intensity carried through by a fantastic cast.
The film takes strange turns, but they are all interesting. It is hard to fully describe the plot without giving anything away, but this is one worth watching. It is certainly a strange experience, but you’ll be captivated as it goes.
This isn’t a movie you review; this is a film you discuss. Watch Wheatley at the height of his powers here. This is one of the better films out there. An absolute must watch.