Kill Me Three Times (Kriv Stenders, 2014): USA, Australia

Reviewed by Gordon Roach. Viewed at Santa Barbara Film Festival 2015.

In the very first scene of this bloody shoot um up Tarantino inspired flick, the camera is positioned in a wide angle shot showing a strapped Pegg hunting down a hit. The movie spans over a series of flashbacks leaving the viewer not to sure what and where we are in the stories timeline. Pegg carries the film with his foul mouth and wickedly back stabbing ways. This hilariously bloody shooter has you leaning on the edge of your seat wondering who’s about to kill who. The key attraction of this film for me was the unsuspecting interests of these characters, not knowing whats about to come next as the film takes many different turns in character relationships and head wounds. Set in Perth Australia these gorgeous locations range from beautiful beaches to dry deserts to tropical watering holes. The film makes me want to move to perth, quite the beautiful location as well as actresses. This was my first introduction to the mesmerizing Teresa Palmer. Holy hell. Any who, the story follows six main characters as they hunt kill and stab each other in the back, all over blood money.

The shots are gorgeous, the acting is suburb, and the casting is over all great. Bryan Brown who plays the towns local crooked police chief does little to captivate as a villain, as the majority of the cast are very much self motivated in dastardly ways as well. The film ends leaving you overall satisfied with one of the more memorable of characters Simon Pegg has played. Very much so a big budget film in the festival comparatively, so it stands out for a wide audience release in April.

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