Say what you will about martial-arts movies, but I find most of them quite fun. KILL ‘EM ALL is one of those fun films, although you can’t look too deeply into it. What the film lacks in narrative, it makes up for in style and entertainment. The fighting is swift and tense, and the concept is somewhat reminiscent of Bruce Lee’s ENTER THE DRAGON.
If you are not familiar with KILL ‘EM ALL, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the Well Go USA press release:
Welcome to the Killing Chamber — A high-tech bunker where captured international assassins are ready to do what they do best, just to survive. If they’re going to break out of this concrete hell, they must duel each other, fight deadly ninjas, and battle against gangs of masked maniacs. If they manage to survive that, they will have to confront Snakehead, the lethal, deranged top dog who will stop at nothing to KILL ‘EM ALL!
To enjoy this film, you cannot go into it expecting an in-depth storyline or detailed character studies. This film is about fighting, plain and simple. Granted, there are some character and plot details that are revealed later in the film, however you don’t have to pay much attention to them to be entertained.
The action in KILL ‘EM ALL is intense and the fight scenes are well done. The film stars several high profile martial-arts stars, including Gordon Liu, who most fans will remember as the cruel Pai Mei in KILL BILL. While Liu is not onscreen that long, he still leaves a big impression as a relentless villain.
I cannot write this review, however, without mentioning Ammara Siripong, who plays (basically) the main character Som. Siripong gives a powerful performance as the sole female assassin. According to IMDB.com, her only previous role was that of Zin in CHOCOLATE; I have never seen the film but am going to put it on my To Watch list, specifically for Siripong herself.
KILL ‘EM ALL is not your standard martial-arts action movie, but it doesn’t bring much new to the table. Still, it is a fun film and fans of action flicks should enjoy the fighting. I recommend it, as it is an entertaining romp. The film is available now, so give it a look.