Monsters man’s mate’s movie
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.