Kill Switch Reviews
Could have spent this budget making a video game and made bank. Why did you not do that?
On a positive but frustrating note, the movie had me imagining what a movie based on Half-Life could be. Some of the atmospherics, the drones, even the lead actor made me think of that outstanding game. Perhaps if the director got ambitious, learned from the biggest mistake of this movie (lose the FPS viewpoint) he could extend the positive in this movie and make an excellent movie treatment of the game Half-Life. The lead actor of this movie could even make a passable Gordon Freeman. Take the experiment gone wrong here and the drones and pull them back into a secret Black Mess experiment gone wrong... It really is only a slight alteration of the way it was handled here.
Ah well... What could be.
Official Synopsis: A pilot battles to save his family and the planet after an experiment for unlimited energy goes wrong.
Plot: A man begins working for a mysterious company trying to create a sustainable energy source for the planet, but when things go wrong he has to try and save his world.
Take: After leaving the theater I thought more and more about the concept and movie as a whole, and ultimately this would have been a better video game. Cut the movie up into 2-4 minute cut scenes while the player gets to run around in this world. It is an interesting concept and premise that could work in the world of a video game.
The main premise is that after he was recruited to an energy company in Europe, Will Porter (Dan Stevens) has to go to the source, which he realizes is a parallel world to earth.
He needs to get a mysterious cube to the energy source to save his world and family on the other side. On the other side there is a war going on with a rebel group, his company, and nearly everyone has been killed or evacuated due to the energy source. The big twist is very predictable and the movie is not going to reinvent the wheel in terms of science fiction.
The acting is good despite the thin characters. Overall this is not the best or worst science fiction movie of the year or recent memory, but it is serviceable.
Recommendation: In all likelihood this is not playing around you in theaters in general or anymore. When it hits Redbox, it is worth the watch...
Maybe this can be the inverse of a Video-Game-Movie and make a Movie-Video-Game.