A fast paced film with adrenaline hype, the movie Kill Order enters home video with high energy. The story may give 25 and older viewers a bit of déjà vu, but mature teens should get a kick out of it. Another low budget movie, but this one has some strength in the martial arts department and Chris Mark’s performance.
David Lee (Chris Mark) has been haunted by visions of a burning man. He’s just another student, but not like all the others on campus at William Nicholas Academy as these visions are about to take over his life. On this day he arrives at school and is about to take his seat in psychology class, but not before bumping into fellow student May (Jessica Clement) who has a crush on him.
Not yet over his morning psychological episode, David seems lethargic and looks like he’s not paying attention to his professor Mr. Henderson (Amos Crawley). The teacher sees his mind is wandering as he looks out the window. But, when he asks him a question about ego strength based on the lesson plan, he comes up with a perfect answer. Just as he complements David several armed men dressed in combat gear rush into the room trying to subdue him. Something comes over David and he takes out his aggressors then escapes into the street.
From here on out, David gets caught up in his hallucinations from his past and the deed he’s asked to do for an evil businessman. Director and writer James Mark keeps his film movie along at a rapid pace only slowing down to interject David’s past and his relationship forming with May. It’s a mean rollercoaster ride with a few scary drops and some surprising twists.
While I did like the film for the characters and martial arts, the limitations to expensive special effects, sets and editing does bring the film down a bit. Using ultra HD doesn’t help either as you can see every flaw and error in make-up, scene transitions and lighting. The sound doesn’t come off the home screen very good and I attribute that to the filmmaker who was probably looking to release the film in theaters
I like the performance of Chris Mark as David, the young man who has to endure the punishment of being under the control of unknown forces. His agility reminded me of some of the better mixed martial arts actors as he plows through several hand to hand combat situations and escapes. And he does all his own stunts in Kill Order as that is Chris’s forte. His stunt work has been developed in 45 movies since 2006 including Kick-Ass, The Hunger Games and Star Trek: Beyond.
Kill Order has not been rated by the MPAA, but contains violence, torture and language. The film will be available on VOD, Digital HD and DVD on February 6. Use caution when showing the film at home as it is not for immature children.
FINAL ANALYSIS: A fast moving thriller. (3 out of 5 stars)
Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: Chris Mark, Daniel Park, Denis Akiyama, Melee Hutton, Jessica Clement, Jason Gosbee, Reuben Langdon and Alain Moussi
Written and directed by James Mark
MPAA Rating: Not Rated, contains violence, language
Genre: Action, Sci-fi
Running Time: 1 hr. 17 min.
VOD Release Date: February 6, 2018
Reviewed Format: DVD
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Subtitles: English Closed Caption
Number of Discs: 1
Distributed by: RLJE FILMS
Released in: VOD, Digital HD and on DVD