Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sean Kelly

Lost Episode Fest 2017: 68 Kill

An apparently simple robbery leads to murder and a kidnapping in 68 Kill. Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) is deeply in love with his girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord), despite the fact that she is a bit on the crazy side and regularly visits a sugar daddy named Ken (David Maldonado). When Liza finds out that Ken has $68,000 stashed away, she convinces Chip to go with her to steal it. However, robbery quickly goes awry, as Liza ends up killing Ken and his wife in cold blood and kidnaps witness Violet (Alisha Boe). Frightened by Liza's violent behaviour, Chip ends up going on the run with the money and rescues Violet from the trunk. The two have to figure out how to escape Liza's wrath and move on to a better life.

Based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Bryan Smith, 68 Kill can probably be best described as trailer trash dark romantic comedy. The main problem for Chip is that he is a pushover and often allows Liza and others to manipulate him. While he seems destined for a better life after running off with the money and Violet, things go from bad to worse when Chip and the envelope of money catches the attention of crazed gas station attendant Monica (Sheila Vand).

Playing off liked a crazed and blood-soaked Elmore Leonard story, 68 Kill is a pitch black comedy that has Chip desperately trying to get himself out of the situation he finds himself with. Matthew Gray Gubler shines as a nice guy in a bad situation and AnnaLynne McCord perfectly gives her best psycho trailer trash performance. With a cast of characters that include's Liza's serial killer brother Dwayne (Sam Eidson) and the drugged out cronies of Monica, 68 Kill ends up being one hell of a ultra-violent adventure.

8 / 10 stars

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).