Kill List (2011)



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Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Neil Maskell (Jay), Michael Smiley (Gal), MyAnna Buring (Shel), Emma Fryer (Fiona)
Country: UK, European Cinema
Language: English (English subs)
Runtime: 01:35:27
Genres: Cult, Violence against Men, Torture, Old-Young

Plot – Spoilers:
Jay and Shel are a bickering couple who’ve served in the army. They live above their means and are currently running short on cash. Shel has been badgering Jay to look for work but Jay pretty much knows only how to kill. He on-and-off takes up jobs as a hitman with ex-Army buddy Gal and is right now walking the edge of his own sanity. So when Gal offers him a kill list, Jay isn’t exactly cold-footed to take up the job.

As the pair go about killing men in their list, things go out of control when Jay insists on following a pedo-ring they stumble upon during the job.

Kill List is an engaging thriller and while the violence is sparse, there’s a scene of a head being battered with a hammer that you will take away for a while.

Thoughts on the Ending – Spoilers:
It would seem like Jay is the chosen one for the cult who’ve been observing him for a while. And his final act of murder frees him from all emotional connections, so he can now be a truly disconnected leader. Why was he the chosen one? Something to do with perhaps a rampage he went on while in Kiev, which keeps getting referenced.

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