The Killing Kind (2003)

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When a deadly assassin lets his emotions get in the way of his work, he is forced into a deadly confrontation with the very man who trained him in the debut feature from cinematographer-turned-director Paul Sarossy. Thanks in large part to the training of his tattooed mentor, Jon has quickly become one of the most efficient and effective assassins in the underworld. When Jon takes a particularly demanding mission to heart and fails to follow through, his betrayal ignites the rage of the only man with the skill to take Jon down. Now locked into a vicious struggle for survival, Jon must outsmart the very man who trained him or die trying.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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LionsGate Entertainment

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Cast

Saeed Jaffrey
as Mr. Basmati
Perry Benson
as Nelson
Alan Miller
as Elderly Man
Brian Hibbard
as Gordon
Clint Dyer
as Rickets
Clive Russell
as Mr. Michaelmas
Andrew Howard
as Jon Bennet
David Calder
as Tattooed Man
David Sterne
as Det. Insp. Marlowe
Gina Yashere
as Dancing Woman
Al Ashton
as Fat Dave
Glyn Grimstead
as Landlord
Dean Loxton
as Policeman
David Pullan
as Playboy
Ian Mosby
as Martin
Trevor Penton
as Det. Insp. Jonson
Andrew Blair
as Policeman
Pamela Portal
as Lost Dog Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Killing Kind

All Critics (4)

Beautifully filmed. It is sharp as a stiletto, entirely etched in tones of blue and black.

Full Review… | October 16, 2003
rec.arts.movies.reviews

The film looks fantastic, all dripping greys and glaring whites ... but this genre has been done to death.

Full Review… | October 16, 2003
Shadows on the Wall

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Full Review… | October 22, 2003

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Full Review… | October 16, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Killing Kind

½

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.

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Lanning : )

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½

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.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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.

David Schwenker
David Schwenker

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