In my opinion, THE RAID is one of the greatest action films ever. There’s a lot to like about it, including the writing and the action. So when I heard the producers of THE RAID were making another film, I put it on my Must Watch list before I even knew what it was about. Surprisingly, the film turned out to be KILLERS, a thriller about two men in different parts of the world who share an urge to kill. And just as I had hoped, the film delivers on every level.
If you are not familiar with KILLERS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Well Go USA:
A series of horrific murders have just gone viral, posted anonymously by the handsome and seductive Nomura (Kazuki Kitamura) with a taste for torture. Thousands of miles away, disgraced journalist Bayu (Oka Antarra) can’t stop watching and in a reckless moment discovers he, too, can kill. One man in Tokyo. One in Jakarta. A serial killer and a vigilante. As the posts multiply and the body count rises, a bizarre and psychotic rivalry begins and the face-to-face showdown that is coming will paint the city in blood.
I love the premise of KILLERS. It’s about time we got a movie about “dueling psychopaths.” But the movie is much more than just two murderers comparing notes. It’s a look into the existence of two very different individuals who are damaged and trying to make their way in the world.
KILLERS is shot well and looks great from a production standpoint. I love the drastic difference in tone between the two locations. The Japanese locales are full of vibrancy and life, while the Jakarta locations are more industrial and grim. This contrast is reversed when looking at the characters. Nomura is a dark individual, a loner who exists almost in the shadows; Bayu, on the other hand, is a family man and has brightness in his life because of them.
The acting in the film is very good. I am particularly impressed with both of the leads; they do an phenomenal job of bringing their characters to life. I would even go so far as to say the acting is a big part of what makes the movie so effective.
The special effects are great as well. Gore-hounds will be happy to hear there are several scenes of some nice carnage. My particular favorite is when Nomura stabs a pimp in the chin during an altercation in a club bathroom. It takes the guy a while to die, but the crimson fountain that erupts is truly impressive.
I give KILLERS a major thumbs up, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a slick thriller. My sole complaint about the film is its running time. It clocks in at 2 hours 17 minutes; in my opinion, they could have wrapped it up in just under 2 hours. But this isn’t a big detraction, just more of a personal preference.
KILLERS is available now in a variety of formats.