If a movie boasts Simon Pegg as one of its cast, you can bet I’m going to find a way to see it. I’ve been a huge fan of his work since 2004, when I first saw SHAUN OF THE DEAD. When I first heard about KILL ME THREE TIMES, I was surprised to discover he was attached; I never considered him assassin material, but I figured he was certainly up to it. Low and behold, the film blew me away. I will even go so far as to say it is a definite Must See for everybody reading this review, regardless of whether you are a genre fan or not. KILL ME THREE TIMES is an excellent film, and it is one of the best I’ve seen so far this year.
If you are not familiar with KILL ME THREE TIMES, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Magnet Releasing:
KILL ME THREE TIMES is a darkly comedic thriller from rising star director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog). Simon Pegg plays the cunning assassin, Charlie Wolfe, who discovers he isn’t the only person trying to kill the temptress of a sun-drenched surfing town (Alice Braga). Charlie quickly finds himself at the center of three tales of murder, mayhem, blackmail and revenge.
KILL ME THREE TIMES is one of those movies that almost defies description. It is definitely a comedy-thriller, but it also runs in the vein of Quentin Tarantino. I love the diversity in the film, as it has you laughing one minute and cringing the next.
KILL ME THREE TIMES is shot very well and look great onscreen. Director Kriv Stenders has a great eye for film, and this is evidenced by the unique look the cinematography brings about during the story.
The acting is excellent, with Pegg sharing screentime with several great names. These include Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Luke Hemsworth, and Bryan Brown. The entire cast does a phenomenal job together, and there’s a lot of chemistry between everyone involved.
The special effects in KILL ME THREE TIMES are quite good as well. Surprisingly, there’s some nice gore, and it looks great onscreen. I particularly like the police offer who takes a bullet in the throat; this looks gruesomely realistic, and it almost makes you cringe when you see it.
The story is the big winner for the film, though. It’s got more betrayals and backstabbing than a group of Washington D.C. politicians. And it’s filled with twists and turns, like a multi-layered mystery novel. With that being said, the storyline is not difficult to follow at all. If anything, it’s pretty simple in nature.
KILL ME THREE TIMES is a major win for me, and I highly recommend it. Stenders is a name to watch out for in Hollywood; if he continues to make movies of this caliber, his future will be bright for sure. This film is available now in a variety of formats.