Reviewed byhorrorgasmVote: 7/10/10
Anyone think it's a little silly that most of the reviews here so farseem to mainly consist of "Gee whiz do I hate movies filmed in firstperson pov, so gee whiz was I shocked to find that I was upset that Ialso didn't like this movie that was filmed in first person pov!"? Ifyou have an irrational hatred of anything in first person, don't watchthis. Problem solved.
That aside, it's a perfectly solid sci-fi action movie. The coreconcept is clever, though at it's heart it's just a flashy actionmovie. Don't expect this to be a thought-provoker like The Arrival, butit's not down there in the complete brain dead zone like a Michael Baymovie either. It's somewhere in between, with a decent plot, aboveaverage special effects, and the always enjoyable, though perhaps alittle underutilized, Dan Stevens.
It's not going to make any top 10 lists or win any major awards, but itsucceeds at being entertaining without requiring that you shut downyour brain entirely to enjoy it.
Reviewed byTheITGuyVote: 7/10/10
This is one of those films that could have gone either way, but giventhe budget it was never going to be up there with the big guns.
It works quite well and moves at a reasonable pace and, as far as Icould see, it didn't leave any gaps in the story. The film's conceptwas an interesting one - finding unlimited energy and solving theworld's fuel crisis - it's been done before but this was a littledifferent.
The acting is what you would expect for a film without major stars - Ithought Abi was a bit over-dramatic at times and some of the bit partactors seemed a little wooden.
The special effects were used well and fit in with the Dutch location -it actually makes a nice change for it not to be somewhere in the U.S.
As long as you don't expect too much, go enjoy the film for what it isas you might just walk away surprised.
Reviewed byparaduxVote: 6/10/10
... will give you a headache it will days to get rid of.
The incredible LADY IN THE LAKE 1947 (which you MUST see) shows thecorrect way to use the first-person POV. It is an artform all its ownand most definitely an art form that has NOT been mastered by DirectorTim Smit in Kill Switch.
Them there is the casting. Actors are supposed to have range but itseems here as if the casting director caught Dan Stevens in Legion -where he does a pretty good job of playing someone who is 100% of thetime on edge, perplexed, confused and puzzled -- and therefore electedto cast Stevens here as someone who is 100% of the time on edge,perplexed, confused and puzzled. In gambling, they call that "pushingyour luck."
The story in the right hands with the right characters (I amremembering Sandra Bullock in a spaceship talking to herself for 2hours, and doing a heck of a job) could have been clever andcompelling. This is neither.
And I saved the editing for last, not because it deserves specialtreatment but because I had to find a thesaurus to come up with a wordthat describes how bad it is. About 5 minutes into the movie, you willwonder if the projectionist skipped a reel.
(Depending on your age, I guess. If you are a millennial, you may haveno idea what a projectionist is, or even what a reel is.) The pointbeing, you are already committed to the first person POV, God help usall, so why would you want to further confuse the viewer withherky-jerky editing as well?
Recommended? Being honest, no, not really.
A pilot battles to save his family and the planet after an experiment for unlimited energy goes wrong.