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Khali the Killer (2017)

R | | Crime, Drama | 31 August 2018 (USA)
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After deciding to retire, an East L.A. hit man decides to take one last job to help support his ailing grandmother's end of life care. But everything falls apart when he develops empathy ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Khali
... Axel
... Pimp
... Cori
... Henchmen (as Jose Abril)
... Henchman #2
... Sarah
... Sofi
... Tori
... Veteran #2 (as J DOC Farrow)
Kari J. Kramer ... Chia
... Veteran #1
... Nurse George
... Malibu patron
... Madison
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After deciding to retire, an East L.A. hit man decides to take one last job to help support his ailing grandmother's end of life care. But everything falls apart when he develops empathy for the targets of his hit, and he's forced to make the toughest decision of his life.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »
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Khali, the Killer - Leben und sterben in East L.A.  »

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Star actor, Ryan Dorsey, is from the same West Virginia small town as writer/director, Jon Matthews. See more »

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Quirky streetwise drama with a first-rate star
19 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

The creators clearly intended to defy the viewer's expectations. When we first see the hit-man title character, he is coldly executing a set of enemies, but minutes later we see him carjacked by a suburbanite teenager, still later getting mistaken for a child molester while looking for his vehicle, and not long afterwards even losing his nerve stalking a pathetically easy target. We know him to have acted ruthlessly, but he's emotionally undone by seeing his grandmother slip into dementia. He self-identifies as a Hispanic East Angelino (i.e., East L.A.), but the only complete sentences he can speak in Spanish are the corny pick-up lines he addresses to his estranged wife. Richard Cabral proves himself a viable leading man, consistently watchable and believable as a desperate but selectively compassionate man, and many of the smaller roles are resourcefully cast. There is blessedly little visual distraction, the director having chosen ready-made locations and somehow having shot a 90-minute movie in less than three weeks. Plot-wise, you could argue that that wrap-up is implausibly tidy (and that technique-wise a few film edits aren't so tidy) but, again, the performances and the uncanny balance of realism and observational comedy is what holds our interest. And after watching, you'll likely avoid tangling with anyone driving a light blue Hyundai.


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