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Added 4th July 2024
Review by: Jane Alexandra Foster

Kill
 

Released in 2024

Kill

Lovelorn Indian Commando, Amrit, leaps onboard a train bound for Delhi, to declare his loveto Tulika, hoping to prevent the arranged marriage her Father has arranged for her. Meanwhile, a group of grubby, bad ass, 21 st century bandits hell bent on theft and violence also covertly board the train, they jam everyone’s communications and lock everyone in. However, when they realise that Tulipa’s Father, also onboard, now hurtling at speed, is also one of the train company’s directors, they snatch him for ransom, dragging Tulipa in too. Little do they suspect just how far Amrit will go to save her!

 

One man against the many is a beloved theme which speaks to the underdog in all of us. In ‘Kill’ one cannot help but admire the ever so dashing Amrit, pluckily played by rising action star, Lakshya, as he rushes to save his lady love and impress her old-fashioned Pops.

 

Yes, he takes on way too much, but hey, a chaps gotta do what a chaps gotta do! In other words, enjoy what is an old-fashioned romp with a high octane 21 st century action gloss, slapped bloodily across it like a wet kipper, but don’t expect subtlety or anything deeper.

 

KILL doesn’t have the panache and slickness of ‘Bullet Train’ or the emotional tension of Gareth Evan’s, ‘The Raid’, or the ice cool of ‘The taking of Pelham 123’, but it is a whole lotta laughs and is a fantastic, if bloody fairground ride!

 

However, the interesting fact to note, is that the idea for this incredulous story is taken from real life. Apparently long-distance trains in India are prone to attack by bandits, but this is where any real depth goes sideways into a big bucket of carnage.

 

The film making is top notch, even if it borrows shamelessly from ‘The Man with No Name’ style of film, where the hero suffers, but seems to have an inexhaustible supply of Chutzpah, and blood to spare; He keeps bouncing back to slice n’ stab, slap n’ punch and scythe ‘n chop his way down the train in the pursuit of justice.

 

The fight choreography is to be commended, the script is predictable, but then it’s an Indian mainstream blockbuster. Grab the pop corn and a beer, marvel at the stunts and wonder, just how much fake blood did they get through?

 

Laugh out loud in places, this is a film that’s not for the faint hearted visually, but rest assured the heartstrings will remain relatively unscathed.

 

Lap straps fastened, all aboard!

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THE B CLUB RATING :  B B B B

Starring: Lakshya, Raghav Juyal, Tanya Maniktala

Writers: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat, Ayesha Syed

Director: Nikhil Nagesh

Lionsgate presents Kill in cinemas 5th July.

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