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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Levi is driving the pickup truck on dirt paths in the woods. Will is chasing him on an ATV. There's a split on the path and the truck takes the left fork, which slants downhill. The ATV goes to the right, which leads uphill. When the truck is seen again, it is traveling across the screen from right to left, directly in front of the ATV. There was no chance for the truck to get to the opposite side of the ATV. See more »
Saw 'First Kill' because Bruce Willis has done good films and given good performances in the past, 'Die Hard' is a genre landmark and his performance is iconic in that. The title and poster also intrigued. Have an appreciation for action and the idea for the story sounded interesting. Expectations were not high though, because Willis has been past prime for a while (several bad films in recent years and has looked tired and disengaged a lot).
'First Kill' is not a good representation of him, if not as bad as the recent 'Reprisal' and 'Vice'. 'First Kill' is a better film to that while having similar, actually even the same, faults. It fails in the action stakes, faring very unfavourably in relation to other films seen in the genre, and while anything involving abductions and rescues have been very engagingly done on film 'First Kill' manages to portray it with no thrills complete with dull pacing, lots of silliness and endless predictability. Not hating it with pleasure, it's my honest opinion and my negative feelings towards it are regrettable.
Will say that there are more visually amateurish films around, there are moments where there is slickness and style and the photography is nowhere near as disorganised as that for 'Reprisal' or 'Vice'.
Gethin Anthony gives the best, and only halfway decent, performance of the film, actually looking as if he was trying.
However, Willis spends the whole time looking tired with the world and like he wanted to be somewhere else but coerced into doing the film instead. Hayden Christensen fares marginally better but completely lacks intensity and even charisma, very anaemic. Everybody else is bland and annoying, excepting Anthony.
Visually, the film does lack cohesion on the whole. The music is too loud, should have been used far less and some of the placement is inappropriate. There is just no energy, momentum or finesse in the direction and the non-action oriented parts are handled so indifferently. Dialogue from the very start to the contrived climax is riddled with clichés and cheese, some real howlers in the misplaced humorous elements, and the story has no surprises, fun or tension, is very pedestrian in pace and suffers most from throwing in too many elements/turns that it all becomes confusing.
Tension and suspense are non-existent. 'First Kill' goes overboard on the ridiculousness and lack of plausibility and at other points it takes itself too seriously. The action-oriented scenes are clumsily choreographed, sloppily edited and not exciting or suspenseful at all. The characters are not compelling or easy to get behind, due to not being developed properly and the relationships being uninteresting. Do not expect every character in every film to be likeable when characters in numerous films purposefully aren't, but it is an issue if there are characters meant to be rootable and 'First Kill' has that problem.
Concluding, weak but not a complete shambles. 3/10 Bethany Cox
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