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Essential Killing (2010)

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An Afghan POW attempts his escape.

Director:

Jerzy Skolimowski

Writers:

Jerzy Skolimowski (screenplay), Ewa Piaskowska (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Gallo ... Mohammed
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Margaret
Zach Cohen Zach Cohen ... American Contractor 1
Iftach Ophir Iftach Ophir ... American Contractor 2
Nicolai Cleve Broch ... Helicopter Pilot 1
Stig Frode Henriksen ... Helicopter Pilot 2
David L. Price ... Interrogation Officer (as David Price)
Tracy Spencer Shipp Tracy Spencer Shipp ... Young Soldier in Suv
Mark Gasperich Mark Gasperich ... Head of Pursuit Team
Phillip Goss Phillip Goss ... Military Doctor
Klaudia Kaca Klaudia Kaca ... Woman on a Bicycle
Dariusz Juzyszyn Dariusz Juzyszyn ... Logger
Raymond Josey Raymond Josey ... American Soldier
Robert Mazurkiewicz Robert Mazurkiewicz ... Hunter
Janusz Wojtarowicz Janusz Wojtarowicz ... Margaret's Husband
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Storyline

A Taliban member who lives in Afghanistan is taken captive by the Americans after killing an American soldier and two contractors. He is transferred to Europe for interrogation but manages to escape from his captors and becomes an escaped convict on a continent he does not know. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Run to live... kill to survive (UK)

Genres:

Thriller | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Poland | Norway | Ireland | Hungary | France

Language:

English | Polish | Arabic

Release Date:

22 October 2010 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Essence See more »

Filming Locations:

Enebakkneset, Akershus, Norway See more »

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Budget:

€3,167,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While some characters are named in the end credits, no names are used in the film itself. See more »

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After Mohammed falls in the water he climbs out of the lake. However, in the following scene with the dog he seems dry. See more »

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Referenced in Na plovárne: Na plovárne s Agnieszkou Holland (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Mie Toleruje - Bije
Music written by Rafal Modlinski, Karol Ludew, Piotr Leniewicz and Adam Adamczyk
Performed by Moja Adrenalina
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8.5
7 December 2010 | by DannunzioSee all my reviews

I saw this film today. While not perfect, it is a very good film. This is about a character that does not want to kill at all, feels horrible about it, but has no other choice. Gallo's performance is his best yet, very convincing and telling. The cinematography is stunning. The music is also quite good, adding more to the tension. (I didn't like the end credits song very much though). It's a very simple story, but it is told well. I appreciate this kind of film, where there is not a great deal of dialogue, just a simple story, good acting, and great photography. I don't need a ton of action, plot twists, subplots, or overindulgent dialogue. So something like Essential Killing is a film I can enjoy. Of course that doesn't mean it's for everyone.

There are a few small weaknesses (I found the ending felt very abrupt - maybe there could have been a way to make it feel less so), but overall I would rate the film an 8.5. It is a compelling, revealing and rewarding experience.


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