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New Release Review - KILLERS ANONYMOUS

killers anonymous review
Tensions rise in London's underworld of assassins following an attempt on the life of a US senator.

Review by Ben Peyton

Directed by: Martin Owen

Starring: Tommy Flanagan, Rhyon Nicole Brown, Jessica Alba, Gary Oldman, Tim McInnerny, MyAnna Buring, Suki Waterhouse, Sadie Frost

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Gary Oldman’s mysteriously named The Man heads up a support group for assassins called Killers Anonymous. It’s a safe place where contract killers can cleanse their conscience, relieve themselves of any doubts they may have and unload their burden surrounded by their own kind, without judgement.

killers anonymous review

An assassination attempt on a US Senator in London places the city in lockdown and an emergency meeting of KA is called into action. Here we are introduced to the main players including a doctor with an unhealthy obsession with death (Tim McInnerny), a former soldier who can’t stop sniping (Elliot James Langridge) and a Scotsman with a short fuse (Tommy Flanagan). With the arrival of an anxious newcomer, Alice (Rhyon Nicole Brown), the gang quickly turn on each other as it’s revealed that all is not as it seems. Tensions rise as they attempt to uncover who ordered the hit and who brought them together on this specific night.

killers anonymous review

Channelling early Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie films, director and writer Martin Owen lacks several of the key ingredients that make a decent film. A weak script, punctuated by a cacophony of swear words, does little to hold interest and paper-thin characters, with not one of them worth empathising with, make this less Whodunnit and more Who Cares?

Pantomime performances and monologues featuring theatrical lighting changes make this more at home on the stage than on film. Some of the actors may well have some dramatic moments to add to their showreels, but there isn’t one standout turn from any of them. Oldman obviously owed somebody a favour because there isn’t a single artistic reason for him appearing in this mess.

killers anonymous review

Quirky for the sake of being quirky, the camera occasionally replaces an actor as they talk directly to it. Why? Who knows. Perhaps to add edge or to make the viewer feel part of the action. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t add anything to the pedestrian storyline and simply makes it feel dated. Flashbacks every now and then break up the monotony of the group discussing their first kills or even the benefits of soy milk, but by the time the laughably ludicrous finale happens you’ll be wishing that they’d all stayed anonymous.

Killers Anonymous is in UK cinemas August 27th and on DVD/blu-ray and Digital Download August 26th.


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