Killer’s Kiss Review

Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 12.08.11 PM   Kubrick’s follow up to Fear and Desire feels like an imitation of the films of his era with Kubrick’s touches hidden throughout the film. This film’s biggest problem is probably its pacing, the way characters change their mind from one scene to the next, how fast everything moves when it really shouldn’t, why is the movie only an hour and seven minutes when it clearly could of been stretched out at least a tiny bit more to really be able to comprehend and relate to these characters and why they’re doing what they’re doing. The film might be tainted by its rapid pacing, but like any Kubrick film it still has many good things, Jamie Smith as the protagonist, the ballerina story and how the dance coincides with the emotion Kane feels as she tells the story, the tension during the scene where they want to retrieve their salary, and lastly the incredible chase sequence at the end, which is just fantastic. The film does have good moments and like Fear and Desire is a film you should watch to see how Kubrick evolves, but marred by how the pacing affects how quickly the characters change their minds, Killer’s Kiss gets a 69 out of 100.

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