KILL ME THREE TIMES | REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

KILL ME THREE TIMES is an Australian attempt to make an Occa version of PULP FICTION. It guest stars Simon Pegg and is made by Kriv Stenders, the guy who brought us RED DOG. Kernel Blake got to attend a Q&A with Stenders at the Orpheum a few weeks back and reviews for Salty. It will be releasing on home entertainment on September 9th and thanks to our friends at Entertainment One Australia we have three copies of the movie to give away on Blu Ray, find out how to win after Blake’s review. KILL ME THREE TIMES is rated MA15 and runs for 86mins, if you are keen suss out the KILL ME THREE TIMES EXPERIENCE website. All the best…JK.

 

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KILL ME THREE TIMES | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | BLU RAY COVER IMAGE

 

BY BLAKE CURRALL

How do you follow on from the family friendly, tug at your heartstrings, feel good film RED DOG? If you’re director Kriv Stenders, the only logical step is, of course, a Bollywood film. Or better yet, pass on that opportunity to make a Tarantino-esque, crime/noir, black comedy set in the south west of Western Australia… obviously. That is just what Stenders has done with his latest offering, KILL ME THREE TIMES, a film with a bumper cast, amazing scenery and a plot that will make your head hurt for most of its running time.

Please bear with me, as I am about to try and explain, in a nutshell, what KILL ME THREE TIMES is all about. We have surly bar owner Jack (Callan Mulvey, UNDERBELLY), who is married to Alice (Alice Braga, CITY OF GOD) and suspects her of having an affair with local mechanic, Dylan (Luke Hemsworth, not THOR and not THE HUNGER GAMES), which she totally is. Spoiler alert. Although, not really. Meanwhile, Jack’s sister, Lucy (Teresa Palmer, WARM BODIES), who is also not a fan of her sister-in-law is hatching a plan with her bumbling, gambling addict dentist husband Nathan (Sullivan Stapleton, 300: The Terrible Sequel) to off Alice and switch her dental records with Lucy to claim an enormous life insurance policy to pay off Nathan’s gambling debts with the local loan shark.

 

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KILL ME THREE TIMES | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | DYLAN SMITH (LUKE HEMSWORTH)

 

Also thrown into the mix is the legendary Simon Pegg (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ, STAR TREK), as handlebar mustachioed hitman, Charlie, hired by Jack to see if his wife is indeed getting her hands on the local mechanic’s ‘tools’ and if so, to take her out permanently. Just to make this already convoluted plot even more confusing, we have Aussie screen stalwart Bryan ‘Bloody’ Brown as the local cop and brother of the local loan shark, trying to shakedown the hapless dentist for even more money.

The story is told in three parts, hence the title, showing the same storyline from the different perspectives of various characters involved. The main link in each part is the seemingly indestructible Alice, who in a comedy of errors, is drugged, beaten, put in a car that is lit on fire, driven off a cliff and still keeps on coming. She’s like a Brazilian Energizer Bunny crossed with a Terminator.

While the general tone of the movie is a black comedy, unfortunately the script doesn’t really allow the actors many comedic moments, even Pegg who goes against his usual role as the sharpshooting assassin,  has some of the films best lines but they are unfortunately far between. That’s not to say the film isn’t enjoyable – when the various twists of the plan start to unravel and everyone’s true intentions are made clear in the last act, there are some great moments and some fun to be had.

One area where Stenders and his crew really excels is in the cinematography. Using the beautiful, rugged landscape of the Western Australian coastline (where yours truly grew up), the film utilises some great aerial shots of forests, cliffs, and the ocean pushing out vibrant colours and filling the frame with some truly beautiful shots. Plus blood. Lots of spurting, gushing blood. A special mention must also go to whoever sourced the vehicles for the movie, especially Pegg’s choice ride which makes him the most conspicuous hitman in the entire world, rocking around WA wearing a black suit in his Toranado muscle car.

 

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KILL ME THREE TIMES | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | CHARLIE WOLFE (SIMON PEGG)

 

KILL ME THREE TIMES does have its moments that make it a reasonably enjoyable way to spend a few hours, it’s just unfortunate that the script from James MacFarland doesn’t really make the most of the admittedly great cast assembled on screen. Things do improve towards the end of the film, but it is that first 1/3 to 2/3s of the film that do suffer with trying a bit too hard to be clever and instead come off as a bit muddled and convoluted.

After our media screening of the film, we were treated to a particularly enjoyable Q&A session with director Kriv Stenders and producer Tania Chambers which gave an interesting insight into the making of the film and the casting of Braga and Pegg, who was only available for two weeks, explaining his limited time in the film.

At the end of the day, KILL ME THREE TIMES tries hard to be an Aussie PULP FICTION, but falls short with an underdone script and a cast that isn’t used to their full potential, apart from Peggy, he’s always great, even here with very little to do. KILL ME THREE TIMES is releasing on September 9 to home entertainment or it is currently available on streaming services. Give it a shot, there is a lot worse out there but it could have been a lot better.

 

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With special thanks to eOneANZ  and our mates at Playmaker Digital to win one of the 3x Blu Rays of KILL ME THREE TIMES you need to either like and share/ retweet this post on Facebook/Twitter/ Google+/ Pinterest/ LinkedIn/ Flipboard or Instagram (all the links to follow us are on the top right of homepage), you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer/s to the following questions:

What is your favourite assassin movie and why? There are so many to choose from but one is a clear standout for me – LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL – one of the greatest movies ever made.

If you do not have social media then get with the times – you can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jking@saltypopcorn.com.au telling me you don’t have social media (you still need to enter on the website).

Prizes will no longer be awarded to first in first served. It will now be a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels.

The prizes will be sent on or after September 20th when the competition closes! Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.

 

 

Kernel Blake is a part-time beard bandit, philanthropist, industrialist….bicyclist…photographer, world traveller, movie lover, a man of few words who enjoys the finer things in life, like reciting Snake Plissken quotes. And when all that fails, heads out to a racetrack to do skids. Can be found twatting @bcurrall80 and hipstergramming @bcurrall80