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First Kill

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent but uninspired, dull action movie has iffy themes.

Movie R 2017 101 minutes
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Low-budget action movies don't have to be dull or uninspired, but this one sure is. The actors phone in their performances, playing characters who are blandly unaffected in any way by the silly plot. In First Kill, poor Willis is stuck in a supporting role as a cop with so little motivation it's laughable. But Christensen might have it even worse, giving an overcooked performance as an unlikable dad. When we first see him, he's yelling at someone on the phone, and then his idea to solve his son's bully problem is to "toughen him up," a troubling theme that's never resolved.

All the kidnapping and shooting doesn't seem to affect the characters at all, not even young Danny, who seems just fine after his ordeal. The only interesting part of First Kill is the bond between the kidnapper and the kid, which is the most tender, emotional thing in the movie (it's weirdly similar to the recent Austin Found), but it's so disconnected that it barely counts. Director Steven C. Miller (Extraction) puts it all together with wobbly hand-held cameras and choppy editing, leaving most of the action a forgettable blur. Only an ATV chase through the woods is worth looking at.

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