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Hard Kill

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Uninspired, unimaginative, violent action flick.

Movie R 2020 98 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Written by a 5 year old

The story and acting is atrocious
age 16+



Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Clunky dialogue, lazy exposition, stiff acting, wobbly camerawork, a dull villain, and a ridiculous situation are just part of what awaits viewers in this astoundingly bad action movie. Willis re-teams with director Matt Eskandari after their equally bad Survive the Night for a movie that feels like it could have been put together by a computer and churned out on a factory assembly line. Even the title, Hard Kill, seems randomly slapped together, stolen from other movie titles (including, perhaps not coincidentally, Willis' own Die Hard).

The entire setup requires the heroes to be easily fooled into becoming "the cavalry" for Chalmers -- and on Eva simply walking up to the Pardoner (whose nickname sounds like "partner" when spoken fast) and pretty much asking to be kidnapped. Also, the whole thing is about ... a passcode? It seems as if, for an evil genius, there might be an easier way to go about this, and all so he can turn the device "into a weapon." Hard Kill is just all so numbingly impersonal and unimaginative, and even Willis -- who at least gets to do more here than he did in Survive the Night -- just looks tired and spent, so very far away from his best work.

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