Friday 20 April 2012
DVD review: Shades of a Killer (2010)
"Some things are worth fighting for" Once upon a time there was a man named Jaan, A son to a murdered hitman, A protege to a mysterious mentor, Husband to a loving wife. Wanting a way out he must face his enemies but when you're the best you only fight yourself... Shades of a Killer is written, co-produced an directed by Kemal Yildirim who also plays the main character. He has has also been involved in many other parts of the production. There are some hilariously bad acting on display and many of the actors are too young for the characters that they play. The soundtrack seems limited to a few instrumental tracks that keeps playing over and over again. It´s staged like a comic book with little scene transitions and occasional graphic interstitials. The film has a non-linear narrative structure which can be a bit confusing at times or perhaps it was me having certain problems with maintaining interest watching it. The camera work and editing is semi-decent. There is a lot of action, the action sequences (both shoot outs and martial arts) fail too engage me as a viewer as they lack any punch, we get computer gendered squibs for the most part and mostly bad fight choreography though there are one or two exceptions.
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from Brain Damage Films.
Rating: 0½ out of 7. Shades of a Killer is quite frankly very boring and hard to sit through.