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Kill Me Three Times offers Simon Pegg an opportunity to play against type as a villain; unfortunately, its derivative storyline fails to offer much of anything to viewers.
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How do you cast Simon Pegg in a movie and then do virtually nothing with him?
All participants could have gotten up to something far more enjoyable.
Not a great film. Or particularly good. In fact, it's fairly bad as B-movies go.
The director, Kriv Stenders, arranges bodies in spaces without distinction, but he does show a curious fondness for shots of moving cars. It's an image he returns to so many times that you wonder if he was as eager to get out of here as you are.
"Kill Me Three Times" works overtime to seem unique and clever. The result, however, is a derivative, gimmicky, at times dizzying puzzle that fails to engage.
Pegg's a pleasure, but elsewhere "Kill Me Three Times" is never as clever as it wants to be.
Kill Me Three Times is part action thriller, part comedy - and neither part is any good.
While it doesn't reinvent the wheel, it's a breezy, crowdpleasing ride that coasts on the charm of its cast and well-honed scheming, something that fortunately for the audience's sake, the characters aren't capable of themselves.
To view it is to keep a mental checklist of all the films in which we've previously encountered these same tropes.
The fun kicks in whenever Simon Pegg's around, but when he's not, the film - and the audience - suffers somewhat.
This is wrung-out neo-noir with no true blackness left intact, like a soggy heap of faded laundry.
The true star is Brazilian actress Alice Braga (City of God, I Am Legend).
Why this has the rotten RottenTomato score it has is a mystery to me. This modern day noir casts Pegg against type thankfully, as a hitman loose in a remote seaside village where no one, in typical noir fashion, is innocent. Quite enjoyed the romp and think you might as well.
An entertaining dark comedy, Kill Me Three Times delivers some fun laughs. The story follows a hitman named Charlie Wolfe who's hired to kill a businessman's wife, but the job goes sideways when she's abducted by a couple that's plotting an insurance scheme. It's a little convoluted, but it's told in an interesting nonlinear way. Starring Simon Pegg, Alice Braga, and Teresa Palmer, the film has a pretty decent cast that does well with this type of humor. Yet the tone is a little uneven, and most of the characters are undeveloped. Kill Me Three Times has some weakness, but overall is a fairly entertaining indie comedy.
Not so good as any of the movies it painfully obviously wishes it was, but much better than the film I was expecting after reading the reviews and critical scores it was getting.
Maybe it's just my well documented appreciation of Simon Pegg and Callan Mulvey, or maybe I'm just keen on gangster-themed clusterfucks, or maybe I'm bias 'cause I live in Australia and we almost never get to have films set here, but liked Kill Me Three Times just fine.
A clever, trigger-happy, bloody, suspenseful and darkly funny crime-thriller with lots of twist and turns with a great cast who play some fun and juicy characters. A fun, wickedly entertaining and all-out guilty of genre fun. Director, Kriv Stenders has this film running on all cylinders. Simon Pegg is terrific, sinking his teeth into a fun and exciting new character that's funny, slick, sick and fun. The whole cast is wonderful.
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