The Creature Columns: Kill List (2011): A Movie Review by Tom "Creature" Jeffers
This movie is more about the mundane nature of life than anything else. The main character is experiencing some sort of PTSD and is not working. The struggles to pay his bills and maintain his family cause even more stress. He fights with his wife. He makes up with her. He makes a general jerk of himself and shows remorse for it. He is comforted by a friend that suggests he come back to work with him. We slowly realize that this man and his friend have worked together as hitmen in the past. Reluctantly, he agrees to back to work. His wife understands his “business” and accepts it. She is complacent in this and behaves completely normally. She acts as if he is just going back to work for a normal job. It is as if the filmmakers are trying to show the audience the mundane and boring side of being a hitman. It is surreal, but it works perfectly.
party. Their new employer literally signs a paper contract in blood. The contract is to kill several
individuals, hence the movie title. The scene is cringe-worthy. It is a bizarre sequence that troubles both hitmen, but they shrug it off because the money is excellent. After this, a string of “hits” are carried out by our protagonists. The strange thing is that every time the target says “Thank you,” right before the end. Our main character becomes increasingly brutal and even extends his kills to those around the target that have participated in unsavory behavior. The implication is that the group had kidnapped children and produced child pornography or snuff films. This is important to the film because this man dearly loves his son. He is so angry at one of his targets that he brutalizes him. These scenes are not for the faint of heart. It is absolute violence. It seems as if the director is trying to involve the audience in justifying these killings. I honestly found myself disturbed at my feelings because I feel much the same way our protagonist does when it comes to the exploitation or harm of children. I think most people do.
The movie takes an unexpected turn at this point and leads us towards the conclusion. The final acts are claustrophobic and fraught with a payoff of earlier foreshadowing. The phrase “Thank you,” will be used once more. This will reward a careful observer with a tremendous sense of irony. In addition to this, the very final act is a total surprise to most people. I must admit that I figured it out a few moments before the big reveal, but I was actively looking for something twisted. Everything comes crashing into place in the end, and suddenly everything makes sense. I won’t reveal anything here, but if you watch the film from start to finish do it very closely. Active viewing will be rewarded. It is a subtle plot that just crashes around the viewer in a horrific climax that left me both disturbed and satisfied.
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