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Kill Me Three Times (2014/Magnolia/MagNet Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C+ Film: C+

Kriv Stenders' Kill Me Three Times has a non-linear narrative similar to a Tarantino film but writing that isn't nearly as good. Blackmail, violence, and sex intertwine three stories that all end up overlapping before the film's end. With a cast that is pretty impressive including Simon Pegg, Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four), Luke Hemsworth, and the underrated Alice Braga (Predators/ Repo Men) and with cinematography that at times is pretty majestic (including early scenes with Pegg hunting down a man in the desert) - there is an overwhelming sense throughout the film that something is missing.

A mercurial assassin (Simon Pegg) discovers he isn't the only person trying to kill the siren (Alice Braga) of a sun-drenched surfing town who is caught up in a lusty affair and a hefty life insurance policy. Drug into the middle of it all, the hitman finds himself unraveling three tales of mayhem, murder, blackmail and revenge and all over what else - money. There are so many character archetypes that are used here that are exhausted - the as#%!*e drug lord, the greedy horse betting rich snob, the tortured wife who seeks love, and of course the hot chick that will kill whoever it takes to have money in her bank account. That's not to say that there aren't so good moments but also some predictable ones.

The highlight of the film is definitely Simon Pegg's character who supplies some of the only real humor in this otherwise dark 'comedy'. This hitman is equal parts expert and goofball, often finding himself with a knife stuck in his hand or a gun pointed at him. However, the rest of the film mostly feels like its struggling to be more clever than it actually is. While I don't think it quite deserved the incredibly low ratings that other critics gave it, Kill Me Three Times is an interesting film to watch late at night with low expectations but fails at being the cult film that it so desperately wants to be.

The high definition presentation here is pretty fantastic in glorious 1080p that is crystal clear throughout and heavy on textures and tones. Coupled with a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track, this disc looks and sounds fantastic and will definitely give you a solid viewing on your home entertainment system.

Extras include a deleted scene, commentaries, poster gallery, storyboards, photo gallery, and featurettes to take you further inside the film. Overall, a nice release by MagNet of a mediocre film.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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