Movie Review – Kill Your Friends (2016)

Kill Your Friends
Directed by Owen Harris
Courtesy of Well Go USA
Release Date: June 7, 2016

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I believe KILL YOUR FRIENDS might just be the best non-horror film I’ve seen so far this year. And given the number of movies I watch each month, that is truly saying something. The film is touted as a “comedy crime-thriller” (according to IMDB.com), and it offers huge doses of all three genres. Rife with dark humor, insane characters, and a chilling theme, KILL YOUR FRIENDS is a movie you’ve got to see to believe.

If you are not familiar with KILL YOUR FRIENDS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Well Go USA:

As the twentieth century breathes its very last, with Britpop at its zenith, twenty-seven-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox (Hoult) is slashing and burning his way through London’s music industry. Blithely crisscrossing the globe in search of the next megahit fueled by greed and inhuman quantities of drugs and alcohol Stelfox freely indulges in an unending orgy of self-gratification. But the industry is changing fast, the hits are drying up, and the only way he is going to salvage his sagging career is by taking the idea of “cutthroat” to murderous new levels.

I love every aspect of this film, and I’m giving it a five out of five stars. It is simply THAT good. When a film flies by, and I never check the clock to see how far into it I am, I judge it as a phenomenal win. Such is the case here.

KILL YOUR FRIENDS is shot very well and looks amazing onscreen. The energy given off by the cinematography is magnificent, and it conveys to each scene like an electrical current. I love the imagery in the film, as it truly highlights the zaniness of the concept and that particular time period.

The acting is top notch, with Nicholas Hoult giving an excellent performance as the main character, Steven. Hoult is a talented and versatile actor, as showcased in such fan-favorite films like X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, WARM BODIES, and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. I greatly enjoy him onscreen, and I hope to see more of him in the future. He is joined by a great cast that includes James Corden, Jim Piddock, Tom Riley, Georgia King, and Craig Roberts.

The storyline in KILL YOUR FRIENDS is based on a book by the same name, and from what I understand, it mimics actual events from the time period. Regardless of its origin, the plot is engaging and fun. It is a dark and twisted look into the mind of a man willing to do anything to get ahead…even though his actions sometimes bring about unexpected consequences. I love how the film ends, and I have to say it is very fitting.

KILL YOUR FRIENDS is a massive win for me, and I highly recommend giving it a look. It is crass and rude in parts, so don’t watch with the kiddos around. But be ready for a wild ride…it’s definitely worth it.

MSB

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