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Kill List (2011)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Horror | 2 September 2011 (UK)
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Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.


Ben Wheatley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Maskell ... Jay
MyAnna Buring ... Shel
Harry Simpson ... Sam
Michael Smiley ... Gal
Emma Fryer ... Fiona
Struan Rodger ... The Client
Esme Folley Esme Folley ... Hotel Receptionist
Ben Crompton ... Justin
Gemma Lise Thornton Gemma Lise Thornton ... Kiera
Robin Hill ... Stuart
Zoe Thomas Zoe Thomas ... Hotel Waitress
Gareth Tunley ... The Priest
Jamelle Ola Jamelle Ola ... Hotel Receptionist 2
Mark Kempner Mark Kempner ... The Librarian
Damien Thomas Damien Thomas ... The Doctor


Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.

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Did You Know?


When Jay and Gal are running in the tunnels, the shark equivalent of whale song is played on the soundtrack. See more »


In the hotel lobby, Jay uses a chip and pin payment for their room. It is obvious that the Visa card being used is put in the wrong way round. The chip is directly below the Visa logo in the top left hand corner of the card which can easily be seen whilst in the card reader. See more »


Gal: I fucking hate dirty soap.
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It Could Have Been Better
Written by Joan Armatrading and Pam Nestor
Published by Onward Music Ltd./Bucks Music Group Ltd.
Courtesy of Tuesday Productions Ltd./Onward Music Ltd.
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Different doesn't mean good. Isn't good doesn't mean bad
22 December 2012 | by eshwarmailSee all my reviews

What happened? I am game for big surprises, abrupt climaxes and all, but it was a bit too deviated though there were some really random hints along the way. As the cliché goes, different doesn't mean good. It is competently acted with a lot of gory graphic violence and a dense atmosphere that toggles between a friction filled relationship, friendship and the ordeals of hit-men on job.

Jay (Neil Maskell) and Gal (Michael Smiley) are ex-military and currently hit-men. Jay is married to Shel (MyAnna Buring) and they are going through a rough marriage since Jay is in depression from his last assignment and unable to secure a job and provide for the family. Their strong feelings for each other is what is keeping them together. When Gal comes with a job proposal to execute a kill list, Jay accepts it as he finds no other alternative. When the job starts to go as per plan, a revelation and content of documents secured from one of their victims leaves them perplexed.

It has an innovative screenplay though I wouldn't say it worked any wonders but worth a mention. The movie goes without any background score for a period of time and suddenly comes alive with some classical music and a couple of scrambled scenes and the routine repeats throughout. While there are some hints along the way pointing to the disconnected ending like Gal's girlfriend Fiona's mirror marking, Shel's remark about their kid, each victim saying 'Thank You' before being executed etc., but it never really connects. I would consider if someone who says it is intellectually beyond me as delusional. The violence especially the extended torture scene is disturbing and very well executed. I liked the mix of troubled relationship, love-hate friendship and hit-men combo and it got even more elevated with good performances by mostly unknown (at least to me) actors. The director definitely has the chops to extract fine performances and setup a creepy atmosphere - with a stronger script he might do wonders one day.

Different doesn't mean good. Isn't good doesn't mean bad.

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Release Date:

2 September 2011 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »


Box Office


GBP500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,838, 5 February 2012

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Warp X, Rook Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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