Thursday, October 29, 2020

Anonymous Killers Review: A Tense Trial With An Interesting Premise

Andrew Bongiorno	...	Sean Manu Intiraymi	Manu Intiraymi	...	Vladimir Natassia Halabi	Natassia Halabi	...	Marlene Gunthery Erica Manni	Erica Manni	...	Alina Dukova Alena Savostikova	Alena Savostikova	...	Sasha Dominic Pace	Dominic Pace	...	Romero Scaranelli Meredith Thomas	Meredith Thomas	...	Marlene's Mother Jayda Berkmen	Jayda Berkmen	...	Woman In Black Emily Bader	Emily Bader	...	Teenage Marlene Sandra Staggs	Sandra Staggs	...	Gloria Mike Ferguson	Mike Ferguson	...	Mikey the bouncer Patrick Hume	Patrick Hume	...	Man at Newsstand Timothy E. Goodwin	Timothy E. Goodwin	...	Dunkin Keith Mason	Keith Mason	...	Bodyguard Clint Jung	Clint Jung	...	Detective Nance

Release date: October 23, 2020
Running time: 100 minutes
Starring: Dominic Pace, Gabriela Lopez, Kevin Glikman, Natasha Halabi, Nathanyael Gray, and Patrick Caberty
Directed & Written by: A.R. Hilton

Four seasoned killers and one hapless professor awake in chains to discover they are part of a demented experiment orchestrated by a maniacal, mysterious captor. To decide their fate, they must share the motives behind their crimes as they face the judgement of their peers. The rules are non-negotiable and the outcome is clear: live or die. The moral compass spins frantically as all fight to justify their lives before the final vote is cast.

Nicholas Cavalluzzi	...	executive producer Tim Gagliardo	...	producer Bryan Hart	...	line producer Vincent van Hinte	...	producer   Directed by  A.R. Hilton
Anonymous Killers certainly has an interesting premise and setup.  It starts with a stylized introduction of each of the killers and showcases their work and motivation.  It takes a long time to get started but it is a nice introduction to this crew.  And when the killers are together in this captured state, there is a certain amount of judgment going on.  Overall the premise is a bit strange but does setup some tense situations as the killers try to bargain for their life.  And one thing that I did like is that during the interrogation by the captors, insights into the characters are revealed that do give an interesting backstory.  And for some of the killers, it does put a human face and story on their character.  However, for others it humanizes a little, but then when you see their choices after you realize that there are plenty of deplorable choices that occurred as a result.  And one thing that should be noted is the diversity in the cast.  The film features many assassins, from various genders and races, which is something that should be applauded. 

And as you would expect from a movie about assassins, the film does have some brutal effects and deaths.  And these are pretty imaginative due to the variations in the killers themselves.  Some are ruthless, some are cunning, but they are all well done.  However, this film does have some rough edges.  The writing and acting were not bad, but they weren't very convincing.  And some the action effects were hit or miss.  And although the film builds towards a final climactic moment, the reveal at the end did not resonate with me.  Overall, this film has an interesting premise, lots of tension, and good production values, but the writing and story just did not grab me like I thought they would.  

 Anonymous Killers assembles a ruthless group for judgment, with plenty of tension, an interesting premise, and good production values.

Rent it.

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