Some Guy Who Kills People (2011)
Directed By: Jack Perez
Where to get it: Anchor Bay
Some Guy Who Kills People, is a film you go into not thinking you’ll get much from it. But it turns out to be one of those movies that just really shocks you with how good it actually is. I mean come on, with the title you at least know someone will be getting killed, and for most that’s really enough. But I’m here to tell you it’s got way more than that on soo many different levels. If you put a lot of stuff in a blinder you’d come up with Some Guy Who Kills People. And whatever flavor you want to call it, the results for Some Guy Who Kills People is a very good one and in a lot of ways a fascinating one.
Some Guy Who Kills People is about Ken Boyd, a lonely man fresh out of the loony bin, who sets out to kill those he deems responsible for his miserable life. Now of course the movie has many more layers than just that and I can’t really get into those layers without spoiling things. So, I will attempt my best job and just telling you enough to allow you to understand how awesome this movie is without spoiling anything major. As a result, please forgive me if portions of the review is rather bleak.
This movie is both a comedy and horror. And once you take a few minutes in the start to get use to the wacky (but not too wacky) nature of some of our characters, like the town’s sheriff, you can just setback, watch the film flow, and pay attention to what really matters. There isn’t a whole lot of blood here, I mean sure it does have a few good kills, but the killing isn’t the point. It more of a character driven film at heart and the odd, yet amazing thing about this film is that even with the comedy and some of the wacky stuff, the movie still has such well written characters that you can’t help but care.
Ken is a loser, and he’s also very weird. But as the film goes along with all the people he hates getting killed in terrible fashion, you can’t help but like him. He works at a ice cream shop, and even his mother doesn’t seem to get him, and as a result gives him a hard time. But things are seemingly looking up when a daughter he never really had the chance to get to know (played brilliantly by Ariel Gade) shows up wanting the father she never had, And he also catches the eye of a lady, who is played by Lucy Davis. Yeah, just when all is looking up for Ken, it seems that he will mess it up by going out and killing all those mofos who caused him to try to kill himself and go to the looney bin in the first place. It’s a little weird, but compelling stuff.
So the gore isn’t by the buckets, it’s a little wacky, and the ending comes with an odd twist that I somehow predicted early on in the film. So how is it that this movie is still soo damn good? Well, I’ve been thinking about that and I think it has a lot to do with the great acting. Everyone here does a great job, from Kevin Corrigan as Ken on down the line, it’s just perfection from that aspect. I think what we have here is a movie that will go on to become a cult hit on down the road. But where is stands right now, while some of you may have no clue what it is, is it stands as one of the best films of the year in my opinion.
A little Napoleon Dynamite here, a little gore there, toss in a whole lot of fun, and what you end up with is a damn fine movie that is entertaining and just a down right great story. Great acting, interesting, and probably something a lot of folks will like more than others, but I really dig it. So, if you think you want to take a chance with this, please do. You’ll probably be happy that you did.
The Rating (8/10)