The Killing Jar (2010) Review

The Killing Jar (Mark Young)

If you typically easily know how a movie is going to end, this may be a spoiler review. I would give it a 1.5 – 2. star  If you are into gory, realistic wound movies, this one nailed those special effects. I would say that was the best part of the movie, too bad there wasn’t much of it to save the movie.It’s really the only reason I gave it so many stars.

The movie could have been much better but you know before the credits, who the 1st “bad” guy is, even though his face is not shown. It only takes a little observation of the walk and clothes to know when he reappears later. You also know who the 2nd “bad” guy is when he enters the scene because of his behavior and out of placement of the whole scenario. That one is so obvious, it actually made me think, “nah, they wouldn’t make it THAT obvious”. I was wrong. Plus, given the scenario, all the other characters have alibi’s because we see them at the time when the radio said the crime occurred,

Now for the actors. I’m curious as to how anyone can say that the actors were superb. Horrible, I tell you, horrible. There was no chemistry between any of them (and no, I don’t mean of the sexual kind). It was like they were just spewing the lines they barely remembered with the exception of Perrineau, who did a pretty good job. The interaction between the characters was redundant that resulted in nothing productive except irritating the viewers. The casting crew just grabbed up some actors that have some name recognition and when they said yes, placed them where they could.

The ending was not surprising, no, not any of it. And, I actually said the final line to my husband before the character did. I would not characterize the movie as a thriller, because it wasn’t. It is not a mystery, because within the first 30 minutes, you’ll know everything you need to know. Better actors and a few more that are introduced throughout the movie, would have made it more interesting and less predictable. Better lines and better dialogue between the characters would have helped too.

Rated R for strong bloody violence, and for language


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