Sunday, June 19, 2016

Kill Me Three Times (2014)

Director: Kriv Stenders

Writer: James McFarland

Composer: Johnny Klimek

Starring: Simon Pegg, Steve Le Marquand, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Bryan Brown, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth, Sullivan Stapleton

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Once is never enough

Plot: Professional hit-man Charlie Wolfe finds himself in three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge after a botched contract assignment.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

On the plus side, the performances are exactly what's needed, it's great seeing Bryan Brown again (I haven't seen any of his pictures in probably over a decade...I need more it turns out), it's got a sense of humor (especially towards violence) and there's lots of little turns that keep it interesting and fun.  Oh, and it's an hour and a half and it knows how long it needs to be.  The slight downside is that it unnecessarily plays with time, showing scenes out of order.  It would have worked just fine, if not better, played linearly.  The big bother for me was the 'cute' twangy spy guitar music vibe.  It's not so much the orchestration or the theme but rather that it's played over and over throughout the picture.  It initially sets the tone but, musically, the tone never changes or mixes it up a bit.  Other than that it's a fun picture to kill 90 minutes.  

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