The Killing Kind (2003)
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as Mr. Basmati
as Elderly Man
as Mr. Michaelmas
as Jon Bennet
as Tattooed Man
as Det. Insp. Marlowe
as Dancing Woman
as Fat Dave
as Det. Insp. Jonson
as Lost Dog Woman
Critic Reviews for The Killing Kind
Beautifully filmed. It is sharp as a stiletto, entirely etched in tones of blue and black.
The film looks fantastic, all dripping greys and glaring whites ... but this genre has been done to death.
Audience Reviews for The Killing Kind
A disappointlngly albeit probably sincere attempt to present a complex character who is not. The psychological make-up of Andrew Howard's character is a mismash of ideas making me picture some writer who took a basic psychology course and earned a middling grade.
My guess is that we're supposed to sympathize with Howard, but there's no way this is possible, especially given his final two audience-cheating murders. When he dies, it's definitely good riddance. The only thing that would have been better would be if all his nasty, crazy associates had died along with him.
The one and a half stars here are for Geraldine O'Rawe, period. Nothing for her writer/director husband Paul Sarossy or any of the other actors in this smurfer.
This Film is from the 2002 British Independent Film Awards. Its not quite the action packed film that previews make it out to be, About the life of a Hitman working for a Crime boss called tatoo man. Dry and boring at parts still worth 3 1/2 stars no more.
Another addition to the ever ending canon of British gangster films, but at least this one tries to be different. This film flirts with fantasy and the supernatural as the crime lord seems to be the devil himself, and Jon a lost soul who walks the line between heaven and hell (the original title "Mr. In-Between" brings this theme more into focus). While it is ambitious, the film's storyline itself is rather conventional and moves at a sluggish pace. In addition, it is cold and emotionally distant, making it difficult for the viewer to become emotionally involved with the characters. It is well shot and performances are solid, but it seems aimless and ultimately out of focus... kudos for effort, though.
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