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Kill Me Later (2001)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  14 September 2001 (USA)
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Her goldfish dead, her lover exposed as a rat, Shawn Holloway leaves her bank post and goes to the roof intent on suicide. Before she can leap, she's taken hostage by Charlie Anders, a ... See full summary »

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Her goldfish dead, her lover exposed as a rat, Shawn Holloway leaves her bank post and goes to the roof intent on suicide. Before she can leap, she's taken hostage by Charlie Anders, a fleeing bank robber. He and his partners have stolen a million in cash and plan to escape to Venezuela. Shawn agrees to cooperate if Charlie promises to kill her once he's in the clear. Parts of the plan go awry, so Charlie has time to try to pierce her bleak manner and self pity, and she has time for reflection. As night falls, their interlude ends: they're each alone, Charlie facing prison as the police close in, and Shawn staring down at a river from atop a high bridge. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Not every hostage wants to be saved!

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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A large number of filter effects, shutter effects, and jump cuts are used to make long dialogue scenes (particularly between the two cop and between the two lovers) more visually interesting. The audio itself on both is done as a single long take. See more »

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Mathew Richmond's first name is spelled "Matthew" on the name plate on his desk (while it's not unusual for people to get things like that wrong, and order the wrong name plate, it's unusual for people to put up with it for long). See more »

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Charlie Anders: We're gonna have to jump.
Shawn Holloway: I feel sick.
Charlie Anders: We'll have sharpshooters around us any minute now.
Shawn Holloway: I'm not jumping.
Charlie Anders: Hold on. Just a minute ago, you were gonna jump thirteen floors. What's the difference?
Shawn Holloway: Well, that's different. Then I was gonna die for sure. Now I'm probably just gonna break my neck or my legs, and become a quadriplegic, and then what if...
Charlie Anders: What if you? What if you? What if you? What if you actually make it, and we get away from here? Jesus, are you always such a downer? No wonder you ...
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Kill me later, watch me first
26 May 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It starts off as a comedy, then it becomes a crime comedy, before turning into a romantic crime comedy. If you liked Bandits or Birthday girl, Kill me later is another film I'd recommend, even though it is probably harder to find. Actually, I could recommend the film to any one who is in the mood for some light entertainment without too much sex or violence, but one that is not too sissy or sappy either. It's not great, but it is definitely likable.

Life isn't going so good for loan officer Shawn Holloway. On the day she decides to jump off the roof of her bank building, there is a robbery that goes south, thirty floors below her. One of thee robbers escapes, and takes Shawn hostage. She agrees to cooperate if he kills her once they are in the clear. that idea doesn't go so well either, because he is (for lack of a better cliché) chicken. Thus the two continue their run from the law, and on the way, Shawn starts to fall for this quirky robber.

Although the story isn't super extensive and its dimensions are of middling depth and detail, it gets you going, and you sort of end up caring. Selma Blair is not much of an actress at all, and much of her work is torpid, but this is a fairly good role for her as an average American emo, who starts to get something out of life when a few cute story contrivances come her way and take her on a crazy journey.

Like all films (even great ones) there is room for improvement, in Kill me Later, but the film is strait forward, to the point, and cute/quirky enough to be worth a watch, if by chance this relatively unknown feature finds its way into your life.


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