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First Kill (2017)

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A Wall Street broker is forced to evade a police chief investigating a bank robbery as he attempts to recover the stolen money in exchange for his son's life.


Steven C. Miller


Nick Gordon (screenplay by)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Howell
Hayden Christensen ... Will
Ty Shelton ... Danny
Megan Leonard ... Laura
Gethin Anthony ... Levi
William DeMeo ... Richie
Deb G. Girdler Deb G. Girdler ... Dottie (as Deb Girdler)
Tyler Jon Olson ... Tom Davies (as Tyler Olson)
Shea Buckner ... Charlie
Magi Avila ... Adele
Christine Dye ... Mabel
Martin Blencowe ... Forensics Officer
John Dauer John Dauer ... Forensics Officer 2
Charlie Roetting Charlie Roetting ... Officer Sawyer
Heather Johansen ... Nurse Kylie


In an attempt to reconnect with his son Danny, successful Wall Street broker Will takes his family on a vacation to the cabin where he grew up. While Will and Danny are hunting, their trip takes a deadly turn when they witness the murder of a crooked police officer as a bank robbery goes awry. When Danny is taken hostage by the criminals, Will is forced to help them evade the police chief investigating the murder and recover the stolen money in exchange for his son's life.

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When you only have one shot, don't miss.


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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The decal on the Range Rover to the right of the license plate is the Royal Coat of Arms for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan See more »


When Will's character jumps on the ATV to chase the pick up truck with his son in it, his shirt hikes up and reveals a lower back tattoo that was not present in the prior scene. See more »


References The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) See more »

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Decent Thriller, Willis Only Half-Asleep
1 September 2019 | by ThomasMufSee all my reviews

For a Bruce Willis paycheck movie, this modest thriller isn't half bad. Willis himself is half-asleep throughout, and, as in the same director's "Marauders", he's outclassed by the more animated second lead, in this case Hayden Christensen. Yes, Christensen upstages Willis, and he's throughly believable as a young businessman who wants to teach his initially wimpy son how to be a man. The plot (Christensen takes his son on a deer hunt, then witnesses an attempted murder, complications follow) has its fair share of holes, but is generally compelling and twisty, even if you can predict the final twist a mile away. And that's entirely Willis' fault - his acting, his mannerisms are just too revealing. The camerawork and editing have a nice fluidity, and there are many visually appealing scenes, partly due to the forest setting. The actions scenes are well handled, too. Miller knows how to stage chases and gunfire. There's some dopey dialogue, and with one exception, the side characters remain anonymous and underdeveloped. Christensen delivers a solid performance, and Gethin Anthony shines in the role of a sympathetic bank robber (we don't get to see the actual heist). Some of the plot twists are a bit farfetched, but they'll keep you watching. Overall, a step up for the prolific Steven C. Miller, even though Willis is asleep through some of it.

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Release Date:

21 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Granville, Ohio, USA See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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