Fifth about The Seventh

Kill Me Three Times

Kill Me Three Times: Kriv Stenders’ playfulness with structure somewhat obscures that this film is, essentially, a mish-mash of a few traditional noir storylines, under the Australian sun for good measure. As a result, the plot, busy as it becomes, turns out to be rather tired. The main issue, however, is that the very tight runtime doesn’t allow for much character development, so they all turn out to be unsympathetic (to varying degrees) and superficial, uninteresting. It is a good-looking cast: Simon Pegg is fine as the all-business, despicable PI; Teresa Palmer makes a decent femme fatale; Alice Braga is OK as the victim-to-be. The film is set in a paradise, and the images (blue skies, crystalline seas, lush greeneries, clear sand) captured by director of photography Geoffrey Simpson present a stark contrast to the dark heart of the story.

 

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