KILL COM­MAND

Mon­sters man’s mate’s movie

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased 13 May 2016 | 15 | VOD ( Sky Store)

Di­rec­tor Steve Gomez Cast Vanessa Kirby, Thure Lind­hardt, Mike No­ble, David Ajala

The pub­lic­ity for this Bri­tish robo- themed ac­tion­thriller links it to Mon­sters, Gareth Ed­wards’ de­but set in an aliens- in­fested South Amer­ica. Why? Well, the di­rec­tor of Kill Com­mand is a friend of Ed­wards: meet Steve Gomez, who has a sim­i­lar back­ground in ef­fects and also tries to make mod­estly-pro­duced CG vi­su­als go far.

In Kill Com­mand, th­ese vi­su­als go a long way, with some cred­itably in­te­grated CG planes and ro­bots. Set largely in wood­land, the film is at­trac­tively lit and lensed; this is far from the low- rent cin­e­matog­ra­phy you ex­pect in bud­get pro­duc­tions.

Sadly, Kill Com­mand also has a dull- as- ditch­wa­ter script and char­ac­ters. In the near fu­ture, a squad of sol­diers is dropped on an is­land for a train­ing ex­er­cise, but find the gi­ant spi­dery ro­bots hunt­ing them are play­ing to kill. The sol­diers sus­pect their com­pan­ion, Mills ( Vanessa Kirby); be­cause she has a cy­ber- en­hanced brain, the bots see her as kin. But de­spite this in­ter­est­ing plot wrin­kle, the film is mostly te­dious, with no hu­mour and lit­tle in the way of gore. The fi­nal bat­tle is well ex­e­cuted, and will no doubt look great on its cre­ators’ showreels, but it comes too late to save the film. An­drew Os­mond

Steve Gomez and Gareth Ed­wards met when both were study­ing film at Sur­rey In­sti­tute Of Art & De­sign.

The Cybermen had gone to pot.

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