Bill Skarsgard kicks out

German director Moritz Mohr presents this action thriller that deals with revenge against an authoritarian government

Still from the movie ‘Kill Boy’

The great expectation of this film is caused by its protagonist, Bill Skarsgard, highly appreciated in subgenre and number for playing Pennywise, the killer clown in ‘It’, for his entrance in ‘John Wick 4’ and because he is about to release ‘Nosferatu’ His physical characteristics, a pleasant but creepy face, a two-meter height and a catalogue of thick back muscles, make him perfect for this type of film somewhere between horror and action. In ‘Kill Boy’ he plays a young man who trains thoroughly to take revenge in a world dominated by a despotic and cruel family.

Director and co-writer Moritz Mohr has the good sense to not worry too much about clarifying the lines of his plot and to dedicate himself to constructing good fight choreographies and scenes of brutal violence (here, brutal means brutal, nothing else). With the story there in the background, somewhere between unintelligible and not very seductive, the incentive must be found in the spectacular martial arts that a shaman (Yayan Ruhian) teaches ‘Boy’ (Skarsgard), and in the highly historical fights that take place between them and against anyone who crosses the frame.

It’s a good idea that Skarsgard’s character is deaf and mute, and he explains himself through a voice-over, which somewhat lightens the cumbersome part of his performance: he makes faces and hits hard. The other actors do have lines and they deliver, Jessica Rothe, Famke Jensen, Michelle Dockery, Brett Gelman… In short, and within the triviality of the plot and its sterile rhymes, ‘Kill Boy’ is a film that offers the maximum amount of showiness and entertainment within this subgenre that has as many followers as persecutors.

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