TO KILL A MAN
"Impressive! [A] slow-burning revenge thriller...artfully plotted."
"Subtly intense...a quietly powerful character study!"
"To Kill A Man is a deeply serious film, one both socially engaged and morally sophisticated."
Hardworking family man Jorge is just barely making ends meet. When he gets mugged by Kalule, a neighborhood delinquent, Jorge's son decides to confront Kalule, only to get himself shot in the process. Sentenced to a scant 2 years in prison for the offense, Kalule, released and now intent on revenge, goes on the warpath, terrorizing Jorge's family. With his wife, son and daughter at the mercy of a thug, Jorge has no choice but to take justice into his own hands, and live with the emotional and psychological consequences.
Paul Allaer - Customer Review
"To Kill A Man" (2014 release from Chile; 82 min.) brings the story of a family somewhere in Chile who are the victims of pestering, and eventually much worse, by the neighborhood thugs. After an initial shooting incident, the main thug is sentenced to 1 1/2 years in jail. The movie then jumps forward two years, and the thug and his cronies decide to extract revenge on the family. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience of this plot-heavy movie, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. Couple of comments: "To Kill A Man" immediately recalls the theme from "Death Wish", yes, the Charles Bronson 1970s vigilante movie(s) where Bronson takes justice in his own hands. "To Kill A Man' is essentially the same, but brought and done in a completely different fashion of course. Indeed, writer-director Alejandro Fernndez Almendras is NOT making a vigilante/action movie, he is instead bringing a psychological study on what it means to kill a man. It doesn't surprise then that the last 20-25 min. of the movie become more and more surreal, as if in a dream. Check out the excellent interview with the director in the DVD bonus materials, in which the director gives great insights on the movie, including that he "composed the movie like paintings". So true. Check out several key scenes in the second half of the movie, each lasting several minutes, that are filmed from a single angle. The camera just observes and lets us take it all in. I love it. I should also mention that the tension rarely lets up in the movie, and that at just over 80 min., this went by in a flash. Last but not least, the acting performances are great, most of all from Daniel Candia as our main guy Jorge. I admit that I had not heard of him (or any other performers) before this movie. This movie was the August, 2014 release in the on-going series of Film Movement's DVD-of-the-Month Club of foreign and indie movies, and the DVD will be released to the public at large in late 2014 or early 2015 (but I wouldn't be surprised if "To Kill A Man" shows up on Amazon Instant Video before then). As is customary, there is a bonus 'shortie' and this time we get "Our Blood" (2014 from the US; 26 min.), a bizarre if not creepy movie about a brother and sister meeting each other after a long time (maybe first time ever) in bison country and feeling attracted to each other. Will they give in to their urges? This shortie was not particularly to my liking, to be honest, and I wouldn't recommend watching this. Back to the main feature: if you are in the mood for something entirely different than the comic book action hero movie of the week that Hollywood keeps serving up endlessly this summer, you cannot go wrong with this. "To Kill A Man" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
JeffinSeattle - Customer Review
A great character study of a man driven to kill. A local hoodlum relentlessly harasses his family, while the local law enforcement just doesn't care for his pleas for protection.
Yerbootie - Customer Review
Relentlessly dreary, pointless and overly lengthy atmospherics adding up to no real message.