The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival 2017
Fast fists and fast-paced, Kill Order makes no bones about what it’s about right away and that is a very good thing. There is a plot, don’t get me wrong, but this movie is all about action, well-choreographed relentless action, that benefits greatly from casting stunt people in the acting roles.
We meet David (Chris Mark) as he is heading off to school. Unfortunately, David is suffering from some nasty dreams where he is poked and prodded in all the worst ways possible while at the same time, some fiery figure that looks like it stepped right out of a Hellraiser movie, urges him to let go and kill. Before you know it, some sort of tactical team burst into his classroom and all hell breaks loose.
The movie follows David as he is hunted by different groups trying to take him down and slowly, bits and pieces of his past are revealed. There is the strange Mr. Collins (Jason Gosbee), who has a wonderful collection of protectors, including a team of suits with sunglasses who look like they are from Men in Black. There is Shiro Fujitaka (Denis Akiyama) who is the head of the Saisei Corporation, another shady group, and the Organization who seems to be calling the shots for everyone.
Writer/director James Mark, actor Chris Mark’s brother, wastes very little time on long-winded dialogue between characters so he can have more time for action. The setup, which includes the dark and evil organizations, killers and army teams, is a little cliché at times but serves the purpose here. The fight scenes are a nice combination of slow motion and incredibly fast-paced fights and stunts, with some gravity defining moments thrown in as well. The violence is there but the blood and gore are not over the top, nor does it need to be.
There were a few problems, the first being the throwaway love interest May. (Jessica Clement, who was wonderful in the TV series Pure) I understand the need to keep things moving but the way they used May made we wonder why they bothered at all. Also, while the score did well to help ramp up the adrenaline during the action, there were more than a few times that the music overwhelmed the dialogue to the point that I had a hard time hearing what people were saying.
That being said, it was great to see James Mark take a shot at writing and directing a movie. He’s been doing stunts for quite some time so it takes some guts to leave that comfort zone and move onto something like this. Of course, it’s not like he’s doing a romantic comedy with Kill Order. He definitely is sticking with what he knows in terms of content and with the help of his brother has put together a film he should be proud of.
Three and a half stars out of five
Kill Order has its Canadian Premiere Friday, November 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Royal Cinema
- Great action from start to finish
- Well paced and fun
- Love interest was little more than an afterthought
- Sound was sometimes too overwhelming