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I Kill Giants (2017)

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Barbara Thorson struggles through life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters.


Anders Walter


Joe Kelly (screenplay by), Joe Kelly (based on the Man of Action graphic novel "I Kill Giants" created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madison Wolfe ... Barbara
Zoe Saldana ... Mrs. Mollé
Imogen Poots ... Karen
Sydney Wade ... Sophia
Rory Jackson ... Taylor
Allanah O'Connor Allanah O'Connor ... Crony #1
Maya Peters Maya Peters ... Crony #2
Art Parkinson ... Dave
Jennifer Ehle ... Barbara's Mother
Don Wycherley Don Wycherley ... Principal Marx
Aideen Wylde Aideen Wylde ... Mrs. Potts
Noel Clarke ... Mr. Mollé
Sonya Kelly Sonya Kelly ... Mrs. Laney
Ben Carolan Ben Carolan ... Mophead
Brandon Maher ... Jock


Twelve-year-old Barbara Thorson flees from reality, living in the imaginary world of fantasy and magic, where she fights with giants. Her family does not understand her, peers do not like her, and she irritates teachers. And only recently moved here Sofia, her same age, trying to make friends with her. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Plot Keywords:

giant | bully | cancer | forest | school | See All (41) »


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Official site [Japan]


Belgium | UK | USA | China



Release Date:

23 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chasseuse de géants See more »


Box Office


$15,100,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


The runes Barbara leaves behind are characters from the Nordic 'Younger Futhark' alphabet. See more »


The movie pretends to take place in US (but is filmed in Belgium and Ireland). In the railway depot you can see an old yellow railway locomotive with the inscription 'Rheinbraun'. Rheinbraun is a coal mining company in Germany. See more »


Barbara: Ever lose a dog?
Sophia: Yeah. It got hit by a car.
Barbara: Probably not. Probably hors d'oeuvres for a giant.
Sophia: No, my dad backed over it.
Barbara: Oh. Lucky.
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25 June 2018 | by cguldalSee all my reviews

Based on a great graphic novel, I Kill Giants is the poignant story of a girl who is desperately trying to protect her whole town from giants. Yep, if you have never read a real book in your life or seen a great film that actually deals with issues beyond the surface, then that's what it's about, and expecting that, you might find the film not-so-action-packed. However, if you know anything about real books and real films, then it will be obvious to you from the get go that there is something else going on. It's not difficult to imagine what that something else might be, or at least to have a vague idea, and then see how it all unravels. (I am only saying this because I see a lot of reviews from people who seem to be rather ignorant about how to actually approach a good story. Perhaps these were people who thought this would be a film like Pacific Rim (horrible bore with no real story; and I like action films, even ones with superficial plots/stories...)) No, this is not one of those giants fight humans or giants destroy villages kind of film. It is a young adult coming-of-age story that has the usual stuff: trouble at home, bully at school, new friendship, weird girl.

The acting was superb. The plot had a few holes (wouldn't the neighbors help the family? wouldn't the parents' friends or family help them?) which are not inherent to the film, but carry over form the book. But all in all, a great story with real character growth.

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