Posted on 12/22/12 10:08 PM
What happened? I am game for big surprises, abrupt climaxes and all, but it was a bit too deviated though there were some really random hints along the way. As the cliché goes, different doesn't mean good. It is competently acted with a lot of gory graphic violence and a dense atmosphere that toggles between a friction filled relationship, friendship and the ordeals of hit-men on job.
Jay (Neil Maskell) and Gal (Michael Smiley) are ex-military and currently hit-men. Jay is married to Shel (MyAnna Buring) and they are going through a rough marriage since Jay is in depression from his last assignment and unable to secure a job and provide for the family. Their strong feelings for each other is what is keeping them together. When Gal comes with a job proposal to execute a kill list, Jay accepts it as he finds no other alternative. When the job starts to go as per plan, a revelation and content of documents secured from one of their victims leaves them perplexed.
It has an innovative screenplay though I wouldn't say it worked any wonders but worth a mention. The movie goes without any background score for a period of time and suddenly comes alive with some classical music and a couple of scrambled scenes and the routine repeats throughout. While there are some hints along the way pointing to the disconnected ending like Gal's girlfriend Fiona's mirror marking, Shel's remark about their kid, each victim saying 'Thank You' before being executed etc., but it never really connects. I would consider if someone who says it is intellectually beyond me as delusional. The violence especially the extended torture scene is disturbing and very well executed. I liked the mix of troubled relationship, love-hate friendship and hit-men combo and it got even more elevated with good performances by mostly unknown (at least to me) actors. The director definitely has the chops to extract fine performances and setup a creepy atmosphere - with a stronger script he might do wonders one day.
Different doesn't mean good. Isn't good doesn't mean bad.