"Sleazy, Greedy Characters"
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The plot twists are interesting and the characters sometimes entertaining to watch despite being awful human beings. However, KILL ME THREE TIMES has lulls throughout its 90 minutes that prevent it from being really compelling. In fact, the slow spots feel like padding even within the movie’s short 90 minute run time. Ultimately, the movie’s characters are all so sleazy, and no one is of redeeming value. So, even with its clever twists and some darkly funny moments, KILL ME THREE TIMES is not worthy of consideration.
(PaPaPa, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, D, MMM) Very strong pagan worldview about a hitman, narrating his story in darkly comic fashion, recounting the events that led to his being killed with a bullet to the head; at least 60 obscenities and profanities (including many “f” words); mostly very strong, quite bloody, violence includes many shootings and head shots, one person pours blood out of his head after being shot, another shot showing bullet piercing someone’s head, some martial arts fighting, a woman is misled and choked unconscious and then dumped into trunk of car that’s then set on fire and sent over a cliff; graphic scene of adultery and some sexual dialogue; upper female nudity in sex scene and in photos, plus rear female nudity in photos; no alcohol use; smoking but no illegal drugs; and, very strong miscellaneous immorality includes kidnapping and constant lying, stealing, backstabbing, greed, and deception.
KILL ME THREE TIMES tells the story of a hitman, narrating his story in darkly comic fashion, who recounts the events that led to his being killed with a bullet to the head. KILL ME THREE TIMES has a very strong pagan worldview about deception and greed, with lots of strong foul language, extreme violence and some explicit content.
The movie tries to use a mixed-up time frame, in the style of Quentin Tarantino’s PULP FICTION, as it follows hitman Charlie Wolfe (Simon Pegg) across three distinct tales of murder, blackmail and revenge that interweave in unpredictable fashion. He narrates the movie from either just after he died, or with his final thoughts before dying, as he lies on the ground bleeding after being shot in the head.
The central focus across the movie’s convoluted plot is Charlie, but also two main married couples. There’s Jack (Callan Mulvey) and Alice (Alice Braga), who are unhappily married and own a bar and hotel together. Then, there’s Jack’s sister, Lucy (Teresa Palmer), and her husband, Nathan (Sullivan Stapleton), a dentist.
When Alice finds a bag filled with money, years of resentments get out of control. Charlie is called in to kill a member of each couple. Spying on each couple while planning the best way and time to kill them, Charlie gets greedy himself and tries to snag the money, leading to his own downfall.
As Charlie, Simon Pegg makes a successful transition from his wild comedies like SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ into a more ruthless character, who can be taken seriously only about half the time. The plot twists are interesting and the characters sometimes entertaining to watch despite being awful human beings, but the movie has some lulls throughout its 90 minutes that prevent it from being a really compelling movie, much less a classic crime comedy. In fact, the slow spots feel like padding even within a short 90 minute run time, with repeated shots of cars racing up highways from high in the sky and a twangy guitar soundtrack that’s fun at first but gets annoying.
Ultimately, the movie’s characters are all so sleazy that no one is of redeeming value. So, even with its clever twists and some darkly funny moments, KILL ME THREE TIMES is not worthy of consideration, even for people looking for memorable entertainment but especially for media-wise viewers. The movie also has lots of strong foul language and some other lewd, explicit moments.