Lt. Samuel Drake (Chadwick Boseman) is a troubled vet plagued by his actions while deployed in Iraq. Recently discharged, he is trying to piece his life back together while he works as a cab driver and lives in a rundown motel room. He also attends counseling sessions led by Marshall (Billy Zane) to help cope with the horrors of his past. While on this path to a fresh start, Drake's fragile new life is shattered when two executives (Peter Greene and Ted Rooney), who represent a private military contractor, present a new mission, one with no option to refuse; track down and kill Sgt. Devin Carter (Tory Kittles), an AWOL Marine Corps. sniper who knows the truth about Drake's past and who himself is on a mission to target and kill members of the mercenary firm. A gripping, lyrical meditation on war and the scars it leaves on those who fight, The Kill Hole is a story of one man who is forced to face his violent past, and the uneasy bond he forms with the mysterious assassin he must ... Written by
The Kill Hole
Some interesting moments, but weak execution overall
THE KILL HOLE is an attempt to do something different to your usual American war flick. This one is more of a psychological thriller about the trauma felt by combat soldiers and their struggles to adapt to normal society afterwards. Unfortunately, it's a low budget movie and one that suffers from a lack of incident, decent writing, and strong characters. The first half an hour is very dull and the story only picks up a little once the main character goes on his mission.
From there on in, weak execution lets the movie down. It should be very tense, moving, and dramatic, but it never is. I wasn't drawn into the tale despite the obvious merits it has. The unknown cast don't really bring the story alive either, other than Billy Zane who has been brought in for name value alone. Although THE KILL HOLE offers something a little different to your usual B-movie action flick, there's no denying it just isn't a very good film.
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