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BUFF – ’68 Kill’ (review)

Produced by David Lawson Jr.,
Bob Portal, Travis Stevens
Based on the novel by Bryan Smith
Written and Directed Trent Haaga
Starring Matthew Gray Gubler,
AnnaLynne McCord,
Alisha Boe,
Sheila Vand, Sam Eidson,
Michael Beasley,
James Moses Black

 

Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) is a likeable slacker who’s girlfriend Liza (Annalynne McCord) has come up with a scheme for them to get enough money for the couple to get out of debt and start anew, plus no one will get hurt.

Unfortunately before Chip can get a grip on the situation the pair have the money, but the bodies are piling up and there’s a live on in their trunk. With a growing list of crimes adding up behind them, Chip and Liza constantly have to alter their plan while Chip has to re-asses his situation in all of this.

It seems that the more they do to cover things up the more dangerous Chip’s night gets.

With 68 Kill writer director Trent Haaga has crafted a quirky and stylish comedic crime drama which doubles as a fascinating experiment in gender swapping. We’ve long experienced the cliché of the damsel in distress who runs a gauntlet of predatory conniving male characters until she summons the inner strength to stand up to them, but in 68 Kill the roles are reversed so that Chip is perceived as the week willed impressionable character whom all of the female characters attempt to take advantage of physically, emotionally, and monetarily.

Along with the excellent story elements 68 Kill boasts a phenomenal cast of which all of the leads put in fantastic performances, the stand-outs to me being Matthew Gray Gubler and Sheila Vand who you may recognize from 2014’s superb A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.

68 Kill is an incredibly fun, uproariously inappropriate, and at times surprising take on the gritty indie crime film with some dark horror roots. See it soon so you can be the one to tell your friends about it.

68 Kill screens tonight at the Brattle Theatre
as part of the Boston Underground Film Festival at 9:45pm
For more information visit BostonUnderground.org

 

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